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July 13th, 2010

UN Prepares to Vote on Water as a Human Right

The United Nations General Assembly is developing a resolution that would declare “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation” a human right. In times when more people have cell phones than access to a toilet, such a distinction is necessary to put priorities in order. “For several years, international and local community groups fighting for water justice have been calling for the UN to recognize once and for all that water and sanitation are human rights,” says Maude Barlow, chair of Food & Water Watch. “It’s time politics caught up with reality.” Read the full article…

July 12th, 2010

Is BP the Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

[Originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com on July 11, 2010]

The Administration this week demanded that BP present them with detailed plans surrounding their newest Gulf oil cleanup strategy, including information on the company’s plans for limiting dispersant usage. While this is a timely order, especially in light of BP’s announcement that many Gulf responders were exposed to a now-discontinued version of Corexit (a controversial dispersant linked to chronic health problems that BP used in cleanup efforts despite orders to stop), it’s unlikely that BP’s response will answer another, more critical question:

Why should BP provide information on their dispersant usage when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stopped demanding this information, and until now, BP has willfully and without consequence defied much of what the EPA has demanded they do? Read the full article…

July 9th, 2010

Don't Delay It, Terminate It!

If nothing else, Governor Schwarzenegger has given us the gift of the endless parody. Even before he was the Governator, we enjoyed snickering at his larger than life caricature. His performance as Governor, however, has been far from funny. Ratcheting up a $19 Billion deficit while pushing public safety professionals out of their jobs, laying off teachers, slashing health and social services, and kicking family farmers where it hurts most has been a real tear-jerker. Read the full article…

July 8th, 2010

Renew America’s Water

Since much of the country is experiencing a record-breaking temperatures this summer, it seems like yet another good opportunity to talk about water. While you’re sweating profusely and in desperate need of hydration, think for a moment about the water you’re drinking and how you get it. Even though we have one of the most accessible and safe water systems in the world here in the U.S., it’s falling into a state of disrepair. Many of the individual systems that carry our water are outdated. Old drinking water pipes lose 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water a year, while sewage overflows and storm runoff continue to be a problem. Remember the water main break in Boston recently? We need to turn our attention to how we can prepare our water infrastructure for the future. We need to Renew America’s Water.

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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…

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.

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…

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…

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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