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July 6th, 2010

Completing the Water Cycle

Food & Water Watch proudly supports Michiel Roodenburg and Joost Notenboom as they embark on their adventure to Cycle for Water. These two young men are bringing critical attention to global water issues by completing a challenging mission: they will carry water from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina — on their bicycles. Their goal is to raise awareness around water issues by traveling from the town of Deadhorse in Alaska’s North Slope to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego on eco-friendly bamboo bicycles. Michiel and Joost planned this fantastic journey to symbolize the completion of the natural water cycle and to remind people that there are currently over 1 billion people without access to safe drinking water. Read the full article…

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July 2nd, 2010

And the Race is On!

If you were willing to try your luck in the office World Cup pool, here’s a little contest that might be equally exciting.  See if you can pick which genetically engineered food will enter the marketplace first: Frankenswine or Arnold Schwartzensalmon.  We have some other great names for a similar and unfortunate creation.  Currently, the competitors are neck and neck.  Both “food products” are in the queue at the Food and Drug Administration – after a ten year haul – waiting to be approved for our tables.

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July 1st, 2010

Shout Out for Global Justice

Maude Barlow participated in "Shout Out for Global Justice" in Toronto.

Food & Water Watch Board President and internationally renowned water activist Maude Barlow engages in very important efforts on behalf of social justice throughout the world.  As the national chairperson for the Council of Canadians, she recently led a group of progressive leaders in challenging the agendas of the G8 and G20 meetings. A capacity crowd of 2,700 turned out for Shout Out for Global Justice, an event held in Toronto’s Massey Hall, before they took to the streets to march to join tens of thousands of people to demand water and climate justice.

The event had an incredible line-up of powerful speakers, and was viewed by web-cast in communities across Canada and at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit.  You can view Maude’s speech from the web-cast and check out photos from the event.  In order to highlight Maude’s critical efforts, we encourage you to visit to the Council of Canadians website to find out more.

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Keeping Score: Big Ag 1, Democracy 0

Last November, agribusiness scored a victory that goes beyond a simple electoral win: Issue 2 in Ohio passed, which not only created a livestock care standards board to counteract a groundswell of support to overhaul factory farming, but did so by amending the state constitution. This board, packed with members that would make Cargill, Smithfield, and Tyson proud, now has free reign to dictate how livestock are raised in Ohio, with state regulators enforcing whatever rules they establish. Read the full article…

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June 29th, 2010

The Ban Heard 'Round the World

Concord, Mass could end up sparking another shot heard around the world. Well, maybe not a shot – more like a court decision. The town is in the middle of a huge debate over whether or not it’s legal to ban the sale of bottled water there.  At the heart of the issue sits 82-year-old Jean Hill: resident, grandmother, jam maker, and water activist, though she’s no ordinary water activist.  She doesn’t even drink that much water, but she knows a sham when she sees one. Read the full article…

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June 25th, 2010

Where in the World is Brother Dave?

Dave Andrews – or as we affectionately call him: Brother Dave – is the Senior Representative for Food & Water Watch with over 30 years of work on sustainable development, food and water issues, and national/international public policy. To say that Dave travels frequently doesn’t do him justice.  He’s all over the place, and a lot of people in the NGO community seem to know Dave from his work over the past 40 years. People in our office are always asking, “Where is Dave headed now?” In order to keep track of Dave’s travels and the great work he’s doing, we’ve decided to devote an entire blog category to him.  Welcome to the premiere post of Where in the World is Brother Dave?
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Milk is a Battlefield

Not all battles are fought on a battlefield. In fact, in our line of work, we often have to attend workshops and hearings, which comes across as much less glamorous for some reason. This time we head to the halls of the University of Wisconsin – Madison on June 25 to take a stand against factory farms and corporate consolidation in the dairy industry. Read the full article…

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June 22nd, 2010

What Does ‘Sustainable Seafood’ Mean?

The word “sustainable” is often overused to indicate that a practice or product is “green,” “eco-friendly” or a host of other environmentally compatible notions. An article on food activism and dining in the Bay Area about “sustainable seafood” caught my eye recently, and made me wonder: what does “sustainable seafood” really mean? The definition of sustainable seems to vary greatly, depending on who is using it and how. Here’s our take on seafood safety and sustainability: Read the full article…

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June 18th, 2010

Sniffing Out Seafood Safety Standards

If you’re worried about the quality of domestic seafood due to the Gulf oil spill, think twice before you turn to imported seafood as a safer alternative. While many people, such as’s Sarah Parsons, have been questioning the safety of Gulf seafood, (with food safety officials now employing sniff tests to assess the acceptability of seafood from oil-contaminated areas), few have asked what safety regulations are in place for imported seafood. No matter what your thoughts on the sniff-test method, you should know that imported seafood, which has a lengthy record of safety issues, is barely put to any testing at all. Read the full article…

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June 16th, 2010

David Slays Goliath

The people of Trenton, New Jersey have spoken. If you listen closely, you can hear the shouts of an emphatic, “No!”  79 percent of Trenton residents who voted on a referendum to sell the suburban portion of their water infrastructure to New Jersey American Water Company, have now made it quite clear that they are against privatization.  The “no’s” won it 6,986 to 1,812. Read the full article…

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