October 23rd, 2008
A special congratulations goes out to one of our board members, Maude Barlow, whose impressive activism career recently led to her appointment as senior water advisor to the U.N. president! In addition to the award-winning film, Blue Gold, which is based on her book, Maude Barlow has written 15 other books and received six honorary doctorates. To add to her remarkable resume, she was just awarded the Citation
for Lifetime Achievement from the Canadian Environment Awards, Canada’s highest environmental award.
Congrats on both of these well-deserved honors, Maude!
Congratulate her yourself.
-Food & Water Watch
Over the past several weeks, melamine has become a household name. It seems that not a day goes by without another product being recalled or suspected of contamination. All this begs the question, how did this not get discovered sooner? How did the range of products involved become so vast? Clearly China is going to have to do some fancy footwork to redeem their products in the eyes of the world. And the world must learn to respond quicker.
Recently 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur died from eating melamine-tainted feed, leading to the development of kidney stones. All in one village. Yet this was not a first , last year, melamine-contaminated wheat gluten, a pet food ingredient made in China, caused dozens of dogs and cats in North America. Why was nothing done then? Read the full article…
October 21st, 2008
Last week the feature documentary Blue Gold won the Audience Choice Best Environmental Film award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Based on Maude Barlow’s and Tony Clarke’s book “Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water,” this film brings to the forefront the unethical dealings of corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments that are trying to control what little is left of the world’s fresh water supply.
However, people are fighting back, trying to protect what is rightfully theirs and of their descendants. Their efforts range from lawsuits to revolutions, from local protests at schools to fighting it out at U.N. conventions, in the hopes that water is not reduced to being a commodity or a tool for manipulation. The film brings all this and more to light, not allowing anyone at fault to escape from blame. Read the full article…
On October 11th, our fish team ate their way through Taste of Georgetown in Washington, DC, while promoting the new Smart Seafood Guide. We had a great time working with Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar and Executive Chef Chris Sgro who prepared two gourmet dishes using Food & Water Watch‚ seafood recommendations from the guide.
Chef Sgro served jumbo Gulf Shrimp wrapped in pastry & bacon with boursin cheese, along with wild Alaskan salmon tartar , both huge hits with the crowd, making it easy to talk to people waiting in the long lines about clean, green and safe seafood. Just take a look at how these delicious dishes are a feast for the eyes! Read the full article…
October 17th, 2008
A sip of tap water not only satisfies a basic human need, it also makes a profound political statement. Food & Water Watch is supporting Kindle, the Northern New England Bioneers conference, in the effort to make the three-day conference bottled water-free. Reusable stainless steel canteens with Food & Water Watch‚ Take Back the Tap campaign logo will be provided to the first 200 conference participants so they can quench their thirst with safe, clean Portland tap water. Canteens will be available for sale at the Food & Water Watch booth throughout the conference.
‚The Bioneer Conference seeks to inspire a future balanced by environmental sustainability and social justice. Removing bottled water is not only economically and environmentally beneficial for conference planners and caterers, it also encourages and empowers participants to support local public water systems,” says Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director. Read the full article…
October 14th, 2008
Global financial markets are in peril. Panic is gripping Wall Street. The Dow has taken huge dives and continues to stagger. September job loss was the highest in five years and nearly one in six homeowners are under water, owing more on their mortgages than their houses are worth. Times are tough. Several state and local governments are drowning in these rough waters. They can’t make payroll or raise money for vital public works projects. With revenues running dry and municipal bonds becoming a hard sell, city officials have thrown their hands up in exasperation. A few are even thinking about turning to the private sector and the very financial institutions that helped get us in this mess.
Milwaukee’s comptroller has proposed privatizing its water system, hawking it off to the highest bidder, to raise funds to keep city operations running. This is a classic example of taxing through the tap. The city would lease off the utility for 75 to 99 years in exchange for a one-time payment of $500 million. Then whatever corporation gets the deal will invariably hike water prices not only to recover the city‚ payout but also to pad their stockholders wallets. Leases are an absurdly expensive way to raise money, even in this tight municipal bond market. Read the full article…
October 10th, 2008
For those of you who dont know, one of our big Octoberfish events this month has been our Get Cookin’! sustainable seafood recipe contest, in which we had contestants send in recipes featuring a recommended fish. Other criteria for the recipes included that they used sustainable/local ingredients and were unique, flavorful, healthy, and easy to prepare. As part of our ‚judging” process, we recently held a massive cooking extravaganza at the house of a Food & Water Watch staff member, with the brilliant Chef Joseph ‚Rocky” Barnette in charge of the operation. We split the cooking/tasting process over two evenings, trying out an array of dishes such as ‚Idaho Meets the Sea” and the ‚Hogfish Hoagie” , just to name a few! Read the full article…
October 8th, 2008
Use your DJ skills to win $400 and participate in a historic cause worth rapping about!
The Great Lakes Tour of the documentary The Water Front and its filmmaker Liz Miller are offering a chance for remix artists to compete with their unique spin on the film’s theme song “Please, Mr. Waterman.” Legendary Detroit Bluesman Joe L. Carter lays down the heart-wrenching feature track that pleads to the authorities for relief from water cutoffs and loss of his home, his only worldly possession.
The Water Front asks the question, “What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but couldn’t afford to use it?” It follows the struggle of Highland Park, MI residents to keep control of their public water. The Great Lakes Tour debuted to its local audience on the Marygrove College campus on September 26. Residents from the area were engaged by the powerful film about a group of women who struggled to keep their community from being shut off from water after the city raised rates and began turning off for those who could not pay. Audience member Marian Kramer — also one of the women featured in the film — gripped the audience as she said “This film shouldn’t just touch you, it should grab you.” Read the full article…
Chef Rocky Barnette reports from various exciting locations as he begins his seafood-savvy tour. First, he’s stopped in New York. September 4, 2008 My first day in the city, I was fortunate enough to have lunch at restaurant WD-50, which is definitely a hot spot and a culinary destination for foodies and chefs alike. The lunch menu had great variety of appetizers, main courses, and desserts. I was pleased to see that there were delicious seafood choices available, including cod and scallops. Finding out where these items were from came as a relief because the cod was from the Pacific, where cod is not overfished, and the scallops were diver-caught, which means they are collected in a way that‚ much less damaging to the ecosystem. They were sensational and I have included menu descriptions and pictures of both. Cod, smoked mashed potato, pickled mushrooms, red pepper oil Read the full article…
October 7th, 2008
This is your chance to voice your opposition to water profiteering. You can vote against the privatization and commodification of water by participating in an online “Cambridge style” debate hosted by The Economist magazine. The debate proposition is: “Water is both an industrial input and a prerequisite of life. Roughly a billion people do not have a constant supply of clean and safe water. Would water supplies be better managed if it were treated as a commodity, and priced accordingly? Or is water a basic human right that governments should secure for their citizens?”
know that water is a vital resource, critical for all of us. The
provision of such an essential public good cannot be left in the hands
of corporations, who will raise prices in the search for greater
profit. Read the full article…