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July 13th, 2009

On the Moove…On the Subject of Life as a Cow

Today we hit the North Market Food and Wine Festival in downtown Columbus, Ohio, where I transformed myself into a cow in order to grab some extra attention.  In case anyone ever had questions regarding the experience of a cow at a Food and Wine Fest, I picked up a bit of wisdom along the way that I can share with you.

Food n Wine Fest cow suit lean

•    Several good-intentioned humans are likely to inform you that your ‚udders are exposed.”

•    In congested crossways of pedestrians, calls of ‚mooo” aptly direct foot traffic.

•    If someone tells you that they were out with someone who looked just like you last night, you must compliment that person for having such fantastic taste in company.

•    You will win instant favor when it is 80 degrees F. and above.

•    YOU MAY COLLECT OVER 160 PETITION SIGNATURES AND NEW ACTIVISTS, LIKE WE DID!

-Becca and the “Healthy School Milk or Bust” trippers

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July 12th, 2009

On the Moove…The Mailbox is Full

Meredith, Becca, and I paused in front of funnel cake stands and a ferris wheel. We had arrived at Big Butler Fair moments earlier and now looked at each other, trying to determine our goal for the day. How many folks could we get to call Senator Casey‚ office in support of rBGH-free milk? How many would be enough? We threw out some numbers: 50? 100? No figure satisfied our ambition. Finally, Meredith suggested a goal we could agree upon – “let’s keep calling until his mailbox is full!” Read the full article…

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July 11th, 2009

On the Moove…Off to PA to make the case to Casey!

Greetings from the road!  We made our way to the Festival of the Arts in State College, where we had some petitioning fun.  Alex was a fantastic cow and had his tail pulled several times by some enthusiastic dairy fans.

Next we made our way to Bellefonte to visit Senator Casey‚ district office.  We met with his staff, who told us Casey has received pressure from his constituents to ‚expel the hormones” and that he is reviewing the issue.  This underscores why you need to take action now for better school milk, and make our voice even louder to influence the Child Nutrition Act. Read the full article…

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July 10th, 2009

Milbank Misses the Mark on Bottled Water

Some of you may have caught Dana Milbank‚ column in yesterday‚ Washington Post about this week‚ congressional hearing on bottled water regulations, A Congressman With a Thirst for Truth. What you may not have realized was how it misrepresented some of what went on in that hearing, while also glossing over many important facets of the broader bottled water debate. As a researcher and analyst for Food & Water Watch‚ water policy team, I was at that hearing, and I want to share with you some of my impressions of Milbank‚ column and the events that it covered.

Read the full article…

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More Summer Fun: Food & Water Watch Helps Vermont Brewers Festival Go Bottled Water-Free

Some folks are just lucky, I guess. As part of my job this summer, I get to attend the Vermont Brewers Festival, on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont along with fellow FWW staff members Denise, Zach and Rachael. How is THAT related to food and water?? Well, as part of our work to promote tap water, Food & Water Watch is dedicated to helping event planners go bottled water-free‚ and in this case, we partnered with the Vermont Brewers Association, a group of 18 artisan brewers up in the Green Mountain state who are concerned with reducing their environmental footprint. The festival, now in its 17th year, features 30 artisan brewers and annually welcomes about 12,000 people to three tasting sessions. It promises to be a great time with its lovely lake backdrop and wide variety of craft brews. Read the full article…

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A Message from Executive Director Wenonah Hauter on the Threat of BP’s Atlantis Oil Platform

Exxon Valdez Oil SpillIt’s time for the government to take action to prevent one of the world’s largest oil and gas platforms from causing a catastrophic accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Atlantis, owned by British Petroleum (BP), lacks many required certification documents and poses a dire threat to the Gulf’s communities.

Located about 150 miles off the coast of New Orleans, Atlantis runs 7000 feet deep and produces 8.4 million gallons of oil and 180 million cubic feet of gas every day. Without engineer-approved documentation for 85% of its piping, instrument and safety shutdown systems, there is concern that Atlantis may have serious design problems. These deficiencies could increase the risk of devastating operator errors and would cause harm to platform workers, the marine environment, and local fishing communities. Read the full article…

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July 9th, 2009

The Healthy School Milk or Bust Tour Hits the Road

Were almost ready to hit the road for the ‚Healthy School
Milk or Bust” Tour.
 Food &
Water Watch staff and activists will be taking an exciting road trip through
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota to ask senators to
put kids’ nutrition first by clarifying that schools can purchase organic milk
or milk that has been produced without artificial hormones.  The tour will stop at various
county fairs, arts festivals and farmers’ markets to collect petition
signatures and urge people to call their members of congress, and then we’ll
deliver those petition signatures to Senator‚ district offices. 

We encourage you to meet up with us on the road at
one of our stops.  Please see the schedule and join us on the
‚Healthy School Milk or Bust” Tour!

,Sarah Alexander

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July 8th, 2009

Edible EcoUnderground Turns Sustainable Cooking into Summer Fun

Who ever said you have to give up quality of life to eat sustainably?  In fact, it’s the opposite‚ and Food & Water Watch‚ partner chef, Chef Rocky, can prove it. Whether you’re just venturing into the world of healthy, sustainable cooking or have been home-canning since before it was cool, our new Edible EcoUnderground site is full of recipes, advice and fun tidbits to help turn your summer meals into fun and delicious experiences. Read the full article…

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July 6th, 2009

Oil Companies Should Clean Up Their Own Leftovers

Imagine it‚ late January, and your neighbor has finally put his Christmas tree out on the curb.  Next, some birds and a squirrel decide to move into it.  Seeing this, your neighbor decides it‚ okay to leave it there, despite the fact that it‚ rotting on your grass.  “Why should I get rid of it?” he says.  “It can be their new habitat.” Read the full article…

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What Would Danny ODay and Farfel Say Now?

Child with milk and cookiesThose of us who grew up in the 1950‚ fondly remember the Nestle‚ television and radio commercials featuring the wooden puppets Danny ODay and his trusty basset hound sidekick Farfel extolling the virtues of the company‚ cocoa powder for milk.  For those who were not yet born to experience such great culture, Danny ODay would sing: ‚N-E-S-T-L-E-S. Nestle‚ makes the very best” and Farfel would chime in ‚Cha-a-aw-klit.” (If you want to see what I am talking about, there are various renditions of the commercial on the Internet). Back then, Nestle‚ had a wholesome image among U.S. consumers. Read the full article…

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