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December 16th, 2009

Climate Change Conference Goes Bottled Water Free, But Could do More to Address Water Scarcity Issues

As part of a larger effort to go as green as possible, the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen has been bottled water free! Forty water stations have been installed throughout the conference to provide water to the 19,000+ participating delegates. Were delighted that the world‚ largest gathering of environmental delegates, campaigners, diplomats, and activists has finally joined the movement towards conscious water use. After all, it takes more than 47 million gallons of oil to produce plastic water bottles for Americans every year. Eliminating those bottles would be like taking 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. While we applaud the United Nations for recognizing the harsh impact of bottled water on our environment, we are left to wonder why was water issues are not on the COP15 agenda? Read the full article…

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December 15th, 2009

Corporate Water Neutrality, Anything But

According to the India Resource Center, on November 30, 2009, over 2000 villagers marched in protest of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Mehdiganj, demanding its closure following the company‚ decision to continue extracting groundwater during a drought.

One week later at a corporate water conference in San Francisco, I listened to Denise E. Knight, Water Sustainability Manager for the Coca Cola Company talk about all the supposedly good things Coca Cola is doing on water. Needless to say, she didnt mention the demonstration in India. Read the full article…

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Choosing the Best and Safest Seafood: Yes, It’s Complicated

There is no one-size-fits-all answer. But you can start out with a few good questions.

An article printed Monday in the Boston Globe aptly describes the difficulty of determining which fish are best to eat. The contemporary politics of seafood consumption are intricate and frequently controversial, often pulling consumers in different directions. Read the full article…

Women, Land Grabs and Biotechnology

The issue of women‚ land rights and land ownership in Africa is a serious one. The FAO says that women contribute 60 to 80 percent of the labor used to produce food for household consumption and for sale in developing countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. In a recent meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development at the United Nations, the concluding official 50 page text calls for a recognition of the rights of women over 50 times. Read the full article…

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December 14th, 2009

Swine flu and you: problems with fish and pig CAFOs

Salmon farms helping treat swine flu? I don’t think so!

I recently read a claim that was so absurd that it made me do a double-take. According to a prominent seafood industry website, salmon farms have “raised the standard for human medicine” and helped treat swine flu as a result. I’m sorry, but salmon farms? Read the full article…

Certifying the unknown: an Antarctic toothfish? — MSC and the Ross Sea

Word has come out that the Ross Sea toothfish fishery was recently recommended to be certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. This happened despite that the fact very little is known about the ecosystem in the Ross Sea region, which is in the Southern Ocean below New Zealand along the Antarctic continent. Moody Marine is the independent certifier who made the assessment. MSC now makes the final call on whether the fishery is sustainable , and it is scheduled to do so before year-end. Shouldnt they listen to the scientific experts? Read the full article…

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December 10th, 2009

USDA Admits Lack of Food Safety Follow-Through

The USDA finally admitted to a small group of consumer group representatives last week that its official policy is to take very little action when it finds ground beef contaminated with E. coli in commerce. That is, unless several human illnesses have already been identified with the product. I presented a ‚consumer perspective” on this revelation at the joint FDA/FSIS meeting on Joint FDA/FSIS Public Meeting on Tracing Unsafe Meat Products yesterday, along with a small group of representatives from consumer groups, including Food & Water Watch. Read the full article…

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COP 15 in Copenhagen: Time to question industrial agriculture

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to discuss climate change and strategies to prevent and alleviate effects on our planet, Food & Water Europe remains acutely aware of half-hearted solutions that such meetings typically bring. We are particularly concerned about the lack of willingness to address in a meaningful manner the impact of industrial agriculture on the climate. Read the full article…

December 8th, 2009

Nestle Water Store: Clever Marketing Tool or Desperate Attempt to Stay Relevant?

Not long ago, a flurry of emails and a quick trip to the Bronx exposed Nestle‚ newest marketing technique for its bottled water endeavors–a retail store with Latino flair. Located at 908 Southern Blvd, Nestle‚ Mercado del Agua (Water Market) immediately struck me as a serious breach in environmental justice. Read the full article…

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December 7th, 2009

Feeling Dirty After Corporate Bluewash

Last week in San Francisco, I attended the Action for a Sustainable America Corporate Water Footprinting Conference, a confab where representatives of some of the biggest private water companies and users including Nestle, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Veolia, got together to pat each other on the back and talk about all the wonderful things they are doing to protect and promote clean water (note the sarcasm here).

Last year, we and our allies protested the conference as just another form of damage control for water-abusing corporate interests under the slogan “water footprint, corporate blue wash.” We tried to attend the event but were not allowed in, and we declined to pay the exorbitant price of admission. The conference also excluded the media, which nonetheless reported on the conference and our protest of it. Read the full article…