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When I scan my Inbox each day, I single out emails from Food & Water Watch because they keep me up-to-date on back-room shenanigans that affect relevant issues that are of concern to me... like the food I buy in the grocery store! And when they ask me to do something, I do it.
Reports: FoodReports Found: 48
May 5, 2008
How does the largest privately owned company in the U.S. impact you? Plenty.
You may not realize how much you buy at the grocery store has been imprinted by the agribusiness giant Cargill, but Cargill ingredients are everywhere in your supermarket. There isn’t any Cargill-brand food but its hidden food products are probably on your dinner table tonight.
April 3, 2008
In today‚ world, seeing is not believing — at least not when it comes to meat. Because of an ill,thought decision by our Food and Drug Administration, the meat industry was allowed to inject the toxic gas carbon monoxide into your ground beef‚ packaging. The gas kept the meat red and fresh looking long after it had already spoiled, and when you ate it (past its sell,by date; you looked at that, didnt you?) you also consumed the bacterial condoplex that had sprung up in the interim.
March 16, 2008
The bacteria Salmonella is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States with nearly a million cases of salmonellosis attributed annually to meat and poultry consumption. Of these, more than 14,000 of the victims are hospitalized and more than 400 die.
September 6, 2007
In the summer of 2007, higher prices at supermarket checkout lines have drawn the attention of consumers, the media, and politicians. During the first half of 2007, food prices rose by 6.2 percent and contributed to almost one-fifth (17 percent) of the total increase in consumer prices. Prices at the grocery store rose almost a third faster than food prices overall (both at restaurants and retail outlets), growing by 8.0 percent in the first half of the year. These trends are likely to continue. USDA estimates that consumer price increases for red meat, poultry, milk and eggs will stay above the general inflation rate from 2008 to 2010.
July 20, 2007
Industrial animal production, the practice of confining thousands of cows, hogs, chickens or other animals in tightly packed facilities has become the dominant method of meat production in the United States. This report, which accompanies Food & Water Watch‚ online map of factory farm animal production, explains the forces that have driven the growth of factory farms, as well as the environmental, public health, and economic consequences of the rise of this type of animal production.
July 18, 2007
Not all BioFuels are Equal – Rising oil prices, energy security, and global warming concerns have all contributed to the current hype over biofuels. This report reviews the most up to date scientific evidence and concludes that corn-based ethanol is not the silver bullet everyone is seeking. (Full Report)
April 25, 2007
Whether you buy food at a grocery store, a farmers market or a cafeteria, the next farm bill will affect what you eat. Congress is debating the policies that shape thequality and sustainability of our food, who grows and processes it, and how. The 2007/2008
farm legislation also will determine who can afford to buy food and where. “The Farm Bill: Food Policy in an Era of Corporate Power” discusses food policy in an era of corporate power.
April 11, 2007
This report documents the extent of agribusiness’ influence over the USDA, on issues ranging from mad cow disease to genetically modified foods.
Four corporations control 66 percent of the U.S. hog market, as of 2007. At the top of this list is Smithfield Foods, which slaughters 27 million hogs every year, making it the biggest hog producer and processor in the United States and world,wide. For Smithfield, this means sales of $11 billion a year, but for farmers, consumers, workers, and the environment, this concentration in agriculture has been anything but a success story.
February 12, 2007
The disturbing truth about the World Health Organization’s endorsement of food irradiation. Food & Water Watch is reproducing this report with Public Citizen‚ permission.