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September 21st, 2010

Is the USDA Trading Food Safety for a Diplomacy Fix?

Food & Water Watch has been trying for months to get Brazilian meat products removed from American shelves due to systemic problems with their food safety system. On September 13, they found yet another reason to try again: USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced another recall of Brazilian meat products. A meatpacking plant that had been cited for excessive animal drug residues —three recalls to be exact — shipped 258,000 pounds of beef to the U.S. This plant was supposed to be blacklisted by our import inspectors, but its beef reached our food system anyway.

Brazil’s meat products should be removed from American shelves due to systemic problems with their food safety system. Beef from meatpacking plants that should be blacklisted by our import inspectors could be finding its way to our food system anyway.

Read the full article…

September 17th, 2010

Just How Bad Do Private Companies Want Our Public Water Utilities?

In case anyone was wondering just how skewed the battle is over water privatization, we just got an indication of just how sweet the victory in Trenton, New Jersey really was. It seems that the privatization proponent — The Committee for Trenton Yes—the front group set up by New Jersey American Water to finance the ‘yes’ vote—spent 30 times more money on their campaign than local opposition group Stop the Sale. Read the full article…

September 16th, 2010

Stop That Fish!

September 16 is a big day in the effort to stop the FDA from approving GE salmon. Food & Water Watch is holding a National Day of Action to oppose the approval of genetically engineered salmon by the FDA. We implore consumers to make sure we have a say in this fight against an experimental food mutation that is currently making its way through the FDA.

If you are concerned because GE salmon has not been proven safe for human consumption, and that the FDA has been secretive throughout much of the approval process, you can take action to stop the process so we can ask critical questions about GE salmon.

Today, September 16, consumers are taking time out of their busy workday to make their voices heard. We are asking people around the country to contact the Obama administration to tell the President to stop the FDA from approving GE salmon.

Consumers concerned about GE salmon because it has not been proven safe for human consumption should contact the Obama administration and tell the President to stop the FDA from approving GE salmon.

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you can participate with us in our rally and press conference today, September 16, at 3:15pm. Following the event, Ben & Jerry’s — who are supporting us in this effort — will be giving away free Phish Food ice cream and we’ll be generating phone calls to the White House to oppose GE salmon.

We encourage all consumers to be informed about this issue as much as possible. We have devoted an entire section of our website to providing information about GE salmon. It is clear that we have to move quickly and stop that fish before it reaches the food system.

-Rich Bindell

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September 14th, 2010

When Hand Washing Is Too Much Like Pill Popping

Antibiotic resistance has become a real challenge for modern medicine. As bacteria grow stronger, there are few options for treating very sick people. Over the past decade, medical professionals have raised awareness about the need to curb the over-prescription of antibiotics. Likewise, tireless activists have fought to decrease the use of antibiotics in industrial agriculture. But dwindling options for medical treatment aren’t the only worry associated with antibiotic resistance. Many things in nature depend on bacterial to grow. Plants need bacteria in soil to grow. Read the full article…

September 10th, 2010

Ten Reasons to Reject a Suspicious Fish

The FDA is uncomfortably close to approving AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage® GE salmon for our kitchen tables, and they are trying to move the process along rather quickly. While the agency is downplaying the potential dangers of bringing GE salmon to market, there are legitimate concerns that every consumer should consider. Proponents of genetically modified food might attempt to distract consumers by making false claims and empty reassurances. Here are ten reasons why the FDA should stop the application process to approve GE salmon for human consumption.

The FDA is close to approving genetically engineered salmon for our plates, but here are ten reasons to stop them.

Read the full article…

September 7th, 2010

FDA Isn’t Fishing for Feedback on GE Salmon

GE Salmon: Consumers Need to Weigh in Now!

The race is over. The fight is on. FDA announced last week that they will hold public hearings on the approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for consumers’ tables. If they approve GE salmon, it would be the first transgenic animal approved for human consumption in the U.S. The hearings will take place September 19, 20 and 21, which doesn’t leave much time to pose critical questions. Even though many consumers express concern over health and environmental risks that might be associated with GE salmon, FDA is trying to quickly approve it. In response to this important consumer issue, Food & Water Watch will host a series of blogs dedicated to this topic, and we will break down each concern we have with every posting. The following post is the first in this series. Read the full article…

NCBA: Always on the Wrong Side of Consumer Issues

In various beef trade publications, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has recently decided to launch an attack on the mission of Food & Water Watch. We find this to be a curious development and we decided to figure out why. Read the full article…

September 3rd, 2010

Citrus County, FL Rejects Privatization

Citizens like the residents of Citrus County, Florida, have the power to fight privatization of public water. It starts with a well informed public.

Residents of Citrus County, Florida did it right: They questioned a process BEFORE it was put in place. In this case, the process was moving the county’s public utilities toward privatization. Thanks to the Citrus County Council — a grass-roots consortium of civic clubs, homeowners associations and environmental groups — residents were well informed about what privatization would mean for Citrus County, and they told their commissioners to reject privatizing their water utility.   Read the full article…

IBWA Promotes Bad Choice to Young People in New Video

IBWA targets teens in their new campaign, telling young people to protect their freedom of choice. But choosing bottled water is a bad choice for many reasons.

The International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA) has proudly released a video on their consumer website called Bottled Water: Show Your Support. Something tells me they are getting nervous.

The video features a teenager listing the industry’s talking points, trying to drive home the point that bottled water is about choice. “Bottled water matters. You love to drink it any time because it’s refreshing, day or night, at home or on the go. For you, bottled water is your packaged beverage of choice.” It’s an obvious attempt to appeal to the independent thinking of a teenager by using over-simplified corporate speak to show that the freedom of choice behind a purchase of bottled water is cool. Read the full article…

August 31st, 2010

Consumer Rights Not Included

Occasionally, someone makes a PR gaffe so blatantly off-target that it would be downright funny—if it weren’t such an important consumer right-to- know issue.

AquaBounty Technologies—a name that conjures up images of fresh, wholesome seafood swimming straight to your plate—is the company behind AquaAdvantage genetically engineered (GE) salmon, coming soon to an FDA approval process near you. We call them FrankenFish or Arnold Schwarzensalmon. Included in their very own website is a statement that breaks one of the most important rules of sensible business practice: make the customer feel important. Read the full article…