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August 13th, 2009

Show us your stuff and win a t-shirt!

Here in DC, weve had some pretty hot days lately. Seems as summer wraps up, were not going to get away without having some good old-fashioned dog days. Whether you’re having a hot sticky mid-Atlantic summer or a dry southwestern one, though‚ or anything in between‚ we all know the one important rule: drink lots of water!

Food & Water Watch has had a summer full of fun, from our rBGH-free road trip, to our summer cooking school with Chef Rocky, to our sustainable seafood rally with local chefs. Now, to wrap it all up, we want YOU to bring the fun with our Take Back the Tap photo contest on Facebook. Read the full article…

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August 12th, 2009

CCF Serves Up Some Fishy Calculations

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) recently launched HowMuchFish.com, an online seafood calculator that claims to quantify the benefits and risks of some of America‚ favorite seafood, showing “how much fish you can safely eat.” While CCF is promoting its calculator as a tool to help consumers make healthy seafood choices, further inspection reveals some fishy calculations and misleading recommendations. Read the full article…

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August 11th, 2009

Taking Back the Tap, Miami Dade Style

You might not expect a municipal water utility to run an ad campaign touting its water as “natural, pure, cool, clean, clear.” But that is exactly what the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWSD), one of the largest public utilities in the nation, is doing in its countywide campaign aimed at restoring people‚ faith in their tap water.  The department, which serves over 416,000 homes and businesses, hopes to save citizens money, help the environment, and most importantly create a sense of public awareness about water use and management. Read the full article…

August 10th, 2009

Global Land Grab Undermines Food Security in Developing World

Investors are snapping up fields and
forests in some of the poorest developing countries. Governments,
sovereign wealth funds and companies from rapidly industrializing or
oil-rich developing nations have sought or secured between 37 million
and 49 million acres of farmland in the developing world between 2006
and mid 2009. These investments in some of the most productive
agricultural land threaten to further undermine food security and
sustainable rural economic development in the developing world. Read the full article…

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August 7th, 2009

We Salute You, Our Devoted Volunteers!

We might meet you at a rally, at a meeting in your hometown, or even at our own office here in D.C. You show up at our office to volunteer after working a full day at your own jobs.  You’re often eager to share your own stories of how you became interested in food safety, or maybe water rights.  You ask us how you can help, and offer any connections you might have.

It‚ YOU all who make us feel great about what we do, and you’re a big reason why we are able to succeed in so many of our campaigns! Read the full article…

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August 6th, 2009

Progress: Food Safety Enhancement Act Passes House

…the bill is a positive first step to correcting the deficiencies at
FDA, but there are still some issues that need to be addressed.

The Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives  by a vote of 283-142.  The bill gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new mandates and authority to regulate food safety of the 80% of the food supply that falls under its jurisdiction.  It addresses some of the gaping loopholes in the food safety program at FDA that were tragically exposed by a series of food borne illness outbreaks in recent years that sickened and even killed U.S. consumers.  On balance, the bill is a positive first step to correcting the deficiencies at
FDA, but there are still some issues that need to be addressed as the Read the full article…

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July 31st, 2009

Cooking Up a Tasty Protest

If you happened to be driving past the Pershing Park area in Washington, D.C. the other day and noticed a group of noisy people in aprons and chef hats – no, we were not baking the world‚ largest pie , you caught a glimpse of Food & Water Watch‚ Chefs Rally for sustainable seafood.

Wednesday at noon we congregated across from the U.S. Department of Commerce , the department that is now considering the controversial Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ocean fish farming plan , to say loudly and clearly that chefs and consumers alike are saying ‚NO” to industrially farmed fish. Read the full article…

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July 30th, 2009

Investing in water funds: a soggy venture

Earlier this week, BusinessWeek alerted its readership to the increasing profitability of water. According to reporter David Bogoslaw, we should expect a ‚surge in water investments to begin over the next one to three years.” In other words, investors who have no doubt been taking a beating due to the instability of the stock market are starting to view water as the potential key to salvaging their flailing portfolios.

While some may see this as a good thing, there is plenty of cause for alarm in Bogoslaw‚ prediction. Because many water funds include private utility companies, investing in these funds channels more money to private utilities, thereby granting them the capital to gobble up more local water utilities where they will continue to do what they have already gained notoriety for: raising rates while offering subpar service and neglecting basic infrastructure upkeep. Read the full article…

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July 27th, 2009

Fun and Free Water at the Vermont Brewers' Festival

Last weekend, I traveled to Burlington, Vermont, along with my three colleagues Denise, Rachael and Zach, to participate in the Vermont Brewers Festival. As representatives of Food & Water Watch, we were at the festival helping distribute Burlington tap water to all the attendees. Check out my earlier blog post describing the partnership. By now weve all flown, trained and driven back to our respective homes, waving goodbye to beautiful Lake Champlain. Read the full article…

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July 24th, 2009

Don't have a cow: the road trip may be over, but the moovement continues!

Though we awoke to a dark, stormy sky on our last day in Minnesota, we were not discouraged. We had encountered overwhelming support over the last week, and we were enthusiastic about meeting with Senator Klobuchar‚ staff to discuss getting better milk in schools.

The Senator‚ staff was unwilling to commit to anything immediately. However, as we had hoped, they suggested that given the work Senator Klobuchar has done on pro-kids and pro-consumer legislation in the past, she would potentially support the inclusion of language in the Child Nutrition Act clarifying that schools may purchase rBGH-free milk. Read the full article…

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