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June 3rd, 2010

Poultry growers deserve fair contracts

Poultry growers from across the south had a lot on their minds when they convened in Normal, AL for a hearing hosted by the USDA and the Department of Justice on the subject of competition in agriculture. Considering this is the first time USDA and DOJ have hosted workshops to discuss competition (or lack of competition) in poultry markets, one of the most common thoughts among the growers must have been, “It’s about time!” Read the full article…

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May 17th, 2010

Spill the Truth About BP's Atlantis

Food & Water Watch officially filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court today. The suit seeks a temporary injunction to halt BP’s Atlantis operations in the Gulf of Mexico. As oil from the Deepwater Horizon continues to leak off the coast of Louisiana, we are reminded that BP continues to operate Atlantis without critical safety documents.  In the meantime, we have launched Spill the Truth, a special website created to warn about the potential dangers of Atlantis and to ask people to take action to help prevent another BP disaster. Read the full article…

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May 11th, 2010

Chevron is a Bastion of Environmental Sustainability? I Don’t Think So.

[This is the third of a three-part series exposing the truth about several American companies that have been depicted as leaders of environmental sustainability.]

Finally, let’s turn to Chevron Corporation.  Diamond says he toured several Chevron-managed oil fields in Papua New Guinea, and “not even in any national park” has he seen “such rigorous environmental protection.”  I’d venture a guess that he hasn’t yet visited the Ecuadorian Amazon. Read the full article…

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May 4th, 2010

Coca-Cola is a Bastion of Environmental Sustainability? I Don’t Think So.

[This is the second in a three-part series exposing the truth about several American companies that have been depicted as leaders of environmental sustainability.]

Now let’s take a look at Coca-Cola, a company whose survival Jared Diamond claims is “deeply concerned with problems of water scarcity, energy, climate change and agriculture.” People in India probably don’t think that Coke cares about their agriculture or water rights.

Author Jared Diamond counted Coca-Cola in his personal list of company role models for corporate sustainability. Residents of India’s northeastern city of Varanasi and the Palakkad district in the southwest might disagree with that sentiment. Photo by Meitene.

In Varanasi, a city in northeastern India, thousands of villagers have been actively protesting the presence of Coke in their community, complaining that the company has drastically reduced the water tables in the region by over-extraction of groundwater for their bottling plants. This has been taking place in a time of intense drought.  In 2009, India had its worst drought year in 40 years, and the situation is especially bad in the northeast since the monsoons failed to come last year.

The India Resource Center has been working hard to challenge Coca-Cola’s presence in drought-stricken regions. Says Amit Srivastava, “Operating water-guzzling bottling plants in drought hit areas where the communities and farmers do not have access to water is highly unethical and criminal. Read the full article…

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April 30th, 2010

Where in the World is Carman…Getting His Seafood From?

What happens when you think you know where your food comes from, and you find out it was actually produced from the other side of the world? A recent article I read about “Louisiana” crawfish brought some alarming new information to my attention. Most people would naturally expect that the crawfish sold as “product of Louisiana” comes from Louisiana. The consumers think that. The sellers think that. And, if you went to the market, you’d probably think that, too. Think again. Read the full article…

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Give the People What They Want: A Vote

A couple of weeks ago, a Trenton citizens group had a most resounding victory in the New Jersey Supreme Court. After a year of legal tussling, the highest court in New Jersey validated citizens’ right to choose whether or not to sell their public water utility to a private company. You might be thinking, “Isn’t that a basic American right – to have a voice when it comes to a public resource?”  You’d be right to think that, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Read the full article…

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April 26th, 2010

Postcard from New Mexico: Dueling with the Mega-Dairies

I’d never been to New Mexico before, but I pretty much knew what to expect. Majestic, still-snowy mountains. Low adobe buildings and scrub brush. An eclectic mix of indigenous, cowboy, and rugged outdoorsy cultures. Intense dryness.

Oh, and 340,000 dairy cows.

You’re forgiven if you didn’t know that New Mexico is our nation’s ninth-largest dairy producing state: It wasn’t even on the dairy map until about ten years ago. Today, though, New Mexico cows produce 4 million tons of milk each year. They also generate nearly 9 million tons of manure, enough to fill nine Olympic-size swimming pools every day.

Dairies in New Mexico are larger than what is typical in other places, averaging nearly 2,000 cows per operation. Like other factory farms, they generally don’t treat their waste. Instead, they store it in massive manure lagoons until the waste can be pumped out and sprayed on cropland.  When the manure seeps through the ground, it can contaminate the groundwater underneath. Read the full article…

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Reforming Wall Street to Fight Global Hunger?

Believe it or not, Wall Street reform has a lot to do with the price of food.  When the housing and stock markets started to unravel in 2007, Wall Street investors poured money into farm commodities through unregulated and obscure financial products known as derivatives.  And just like reckless speculation in housing drove the meltdown of the economy, a wave of unregulated, supercharged speculation in farm commodities like corn, wheat, and soybeans created a global hunger crisis. Read the full article…

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April 23rd, 2010

Will the Horizon Disaster Convince MMS to Investigate Atlantis Quickly?

Given our work on BP’s Atlantis, last week was a somber reminder of the dangers we face if we don’t handle our search for more energy responsibly. In the midst of Earth Day 2010, we were surprised by the tragic news of another oil rig catastrophe – British Petroleum’s (BP’s) Deepwater Horizon platform, which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster has left 26 workers injured and 11 missing. According to The New York Times, the sunken oil rig has been leaking 5,000 barrels or 210,000 gallons of oil per day into the ocean. Read the full article…

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April 21st, 2010

Earth Day is Every Day at Food & Water Watch!

Happy Earth Day, everybody! Every day is Earth Day for many of us.  There are people out there who make a full-time commitment in the name of our good planet, to affect positive change within our communities, our cities, our countries and our world.   This year, Food & Water Watch celebrates the activists and volunteers who invest their time, money and resources in an effort to continuously improve our relationship with the life-sustaining natural resources on which we rely.

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