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April 30th, 2010

Where in the World is Carman…Getting His Seafood From?

What happens when you think you know where your food comes from, and you find out it was actually produced from the other side of the world? A recent article I read about “Louisiana” crawfish brought some alarming new information to my attention. Most people would naturally expect that the crawfish sold as “product of Louisiana” comes from Louisiana. The consumers think that. The sellers think that. And, if you went to the market, you’d probably think that, too. Think again. Read the full article…

Give the People What They Want: A Vote

A couple of weeks ago, a Trenton citizens group had a most resounding victory in the New Jersey Supreme Court. After a year of legal tussling, the highest court in New Jersey validated citizens’ right to choose whether or not to sell their public water utility to a private company. You might be thinking, “Isn’t that a basic American right – to have a voice when it comes to a public resource?”  You’d be right to think that, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Read the full article…

April 26th, 2010

Postcard from New Mexico: Dueling with the Mega-Dairies

I’d never been to New Mexico before, but I pretty much knew what to expect. Majestic, still-snowy mountains. Low adobe buildings and scrub brush. An eclectic mix of indigenous, cowboy, and rugged outdoorsy cultures. Intense dryness.

Oh, and 340,000 dairy cows.

You’re forgiven if you didn’t know that New Mexico is our nation’s ninth-largest dairy producing state: It wasn’t even on the dairy map until about ten years ago. Today, though, New Mexico cows produce 4 million tons of milk each year. They also generate nearly 9 million tons of manure, enough to fill nine Olympic-size swimming pools every day.

Dairies in New Mexico are larger than what is typical in other places, averaging nearly 2,000 cows per operation. Like other factory farms, they generally don’t treat their waste. Instead, they store it in massive manure lagoons until the waste can be pumped out and sprayed on cropland.  When the manure seeps through the ground, it can contaminate the groundwater underneath. Read the full article…

Reforming Wall Street to Fight Global Hunger?

Believe it or not, Wall Street reform has a lot to do with the price of food.  When the housing and stock markets started to unravel in 2007, Wall Street investors poured money into farm commodities through unregulated and obscure financial products known as derivatives.  And just like reckless speculation in housing drove the meltdown of the economy, a wave of unregulated, supercharged speculation in farm commodities like corn, wheat, and soybeans created a global hunger crisis. Read the full article…

April 23rd, 2010

Will the Horizon Disaster Convince MMS to Investigate Atlantis Quickly?

Given our work on BP’s Atlantis, last week was a somber reminder of the dangers we face if we don’t handle our search for more energy responsibly. In the midst of Earth Day 2010, we were surprised by the tragic news of another oil rig catastrophe – British Petroleum’s (BP’s) Deepwater Horizon platform, which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster has left 26 workers injured and 11 missing. According to The New York Times, the sunken oil rig has been leaking 5,000 barrels or 210,000 gallons of oil per day into the ocean. Read the full article…

April 21st, 2010

Earth Day is Every Day at Food & Water Watch!

Happy Earth Day, everybody! Every day is Earth Day for many of us.  There are people out there who make a full-time commitment in the name of our good planet, to affect positive change within our communities, our cities, our countries and our world.   This year, Food & Water Watch celebrates the activists and volunteers who invest their time, money and resources in an effort to continuously improve our relationship with the life-sustaining natural resources on which we rely.

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Wal-Mart is a Bastion of environmental sustainability? I don’t think so.

[This is the first in a three-part series exposing the truth about several American companies that have been depicted as leaders of environmental sustainability.]

Late last year, the New York Times ran an op-ed about “corporate sustainability” that shocked me with a handful of egregiously misleading depictions of three major American companies. The author, Jared Diamond, is a respected historian and author of several books. But Diamond’s article is all about how some businesses can be “among the world’s strongest positive forces for environmental sustainability.” The three examples he cites include Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Chevron.  Really? Read the full article…

April 20th, 2010

Perdue Farms: Environmental Stewards or Environmental Stew?

Once a year, the state of Maryland hands out a little something called the Governor’s International Leadership Award.  For 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley bestowed the award upon Perdue Farms, Inc. Chairman Jim Perdue for showing, “financial strength, innovation in environmental stewardship and community outreach…” Wait, what?  Environmental stewardship?  That sound you just heard was the echo from the horrified screams of environmentalists across the Eastern Shores of Maryland.  Is Perdue Farms to be commended when it comes to protecting the environment? Read the full article…

April 13th, 2010

Tutoring Trader Joe’s on Seafood Sustainability

Trader Joe’s has finally jumped on the sustainable seafood bandwagon.  A handful of sellers are already on board, including Wegmans, Whole Foods and Target, according to a Greenpeace report card.  Credit for Trader Joe’s turnaround, however, shouldn’t be attributed to “peer pressure.”  Greenpeace led a successful nine-month campaign that highlighted “Traitor Joe’s” previous disregard for responsible seafood purchasing policies. What that actually means however, remains to be seen. Read the full article…

April 5th, 2010

Did It All Start with The Meatrix?

A new social media site, foodspotting.com, is a visual feast of the food people are about to eat. The site’s functionality is simple: you post a picture of your meal and you can search for specific dishes and restaurants. It claims to be about trying the new thing in good food rather than following the crowd. Read the full article…