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October 14th, 2009

Elinor Ostrom Wins the Nobel – The Commons is the Future, the Future is Now!

Food & Water Watch cheered Monday (I am still smiling) when the Nobel prize in economics was awarded to Elinor Ostrom, a political economist and intellectual leader of the “commons” movement. Ostrom said it was an honor to be the first woman to win the prize – and promised that she won’t be the last.

Ostrom shared the award with Oliver E. Williamson. Both professors teach at U.S. public institutions and were recognized for their separate work on governance systems. Ostrom for her work on how community-based associations can successfully manage “common-pool” essential resources such as wild fish stocks and fresh water; Williamson for his work on why some companies grow so large. Read the full article…

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October 13th, 2009

Project Censored Top 25 Unreported Stories of 2009: FWW and Global Water Justice Movement Make the Cut!

Every year, Project Censored publishes a ranking of the top 25 most deserving stories that go unreported in the U.S. mainstream media. Im pleased to share the news that this year‚ list pays tribute to the increasingly successful work of the global water justice movement (‚Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud”).

While the forum only takes place once every three years, our ongoing campaign to expose the corporate bias that underlies the World Water Council (WWC), the group that sponsors the forum, is a full-time endeavor here at Food & Water Watch. Read the full article…

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October 9th, 2009

The Water Challenge Chronicles – Jon, Week 5

Wow, it‚ already Week 5 of Food & Water Watch‚ Water Challenge! Searching for new ways to save water, I started taking inventory of the items in my house where I have already saved a substantial amount of water. While most of the appliances in my home are water-efficient, one remains that is not‚Äîthe toilet. Although I have been keeping a bucket of water in my shower and using that to flush, there are times that I have to resort to water from the 5-gallon tank. Since this isnt terribly efficient, I decided to research some ways to make the act of flushing less wasteful. Read the full article…

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1 Cup Water, 2 Cups Artistry

If you’re wondering how to use art to discuss water issues, look no further than the Minneapolis arts community. While in town last week for the opening of the film “No Impact Man,” I spent a day meeting with local artists there to learn about their work to use the visual and aural arts as a means of illustrating the social and political issues surrounding water. Turns out there‚ a lot to see.I kicked things off over breakfast with Liz Dodson and Marilyn Cuneo, organizers of “Women and Water Rights,” which opens at the University of Minnesota‚ Nash Gallery next spring. The month-long exhibit will feature American and international female artists whose work focuses water rights. Afterward, I took a spin out to the charming Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to catch the tail end of “Waterosity,” a collection of 10 juried art installations exploring the “gifts of water.” There, landscape designers Debra Ensteness and Sheila Hawthonrne met me to discuss their instillation, “Take Back the Tap: Protect Our Environment“. The giant walk-through water bottle was constructed with 7,500 discarded bottles and incorporates facts about the detrimental effects of bottled water in order to illustrate its blight on the environment and your wallet. Read the full article…

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October 8th, 2009

Governor Schwarzenegger Throws Tantrum and Threatens California

Reading this article in the San Francisco Chronicle , I was reminded of my five year old twins. Sometimes when they get mad at each other, they stomp their feet and threaten to throw their toys. It’s behavior that Im sure theyll grow out ofat least I hope.

AB 1242 (Ruskin) would establish clean, affordable water as a human right for all Californians. Agreement on this principle is critical to any comprehensive water solution as there are over 150,000 Californians who currently lack access to safe affordable water.

But, those hopes were dampened a little when I read about the implicit threat coming from Governor Schwarzenegger to veto all 700 + bills sitting on his desk if the legislature does not reach an agreement with him on a water package by Friday. As we saw towards the end of the session, a package acceptable to the Governor must include more surface storage (or ‚dams” as you and I might call them), and the package discussed last month included legislation that would facilitate the construction of a costly and environmentally damaging peripheral canal. Read the full article…

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The Water Challenge Chronicles – Alex, Week 5

As promised, I made a video blog for this week’s entry. Because I’m vain, I feel the need to make the following disclaimers: My voice actually DOES match my lips in real life, but for some reason it didn’t in the very beginning of this video. Also, it was really hot in the bathroom when we were installing the new shower head. So look for me to be glistening in that scene. With that, please take a look at my video, and see how it incredibly easy (and cheap) it is to replace an aging, inefficient shower head! Read the full article…

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October 6th, 2009

If it's broken, fix it!

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported
on the unfortunate story of a 22 year-old woman who became paralyzed
due to a reaction to E.coli that she contracted from a
hamburger.  Even though preventable food-borne illnesses like this one
continue to occur, not enough is being done to ensure safe food for
consumers. Ground BeefIn 2008, USDA tested ground beef at processing facilities it regulates and found deadly E. coli contamination 54 times.  USDA already found it 31 times this year. But what happened after that? You might assume that the agency tried to find all the product in those batches that were tested so that it could be removed from store shelves before it could harm the public. That‚ where youd be wrong. Read the full article…

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October 2nd, 2009

Lawsuits Challenge Fishery Privatization in the Gulf of Mexico

This Tuesday, Food & Water Watch applauded as two separate lawsuits where filed in Florida, challenging the legality of a recently finalized program known as catch shares that would privatize access to tilefish and grouper, public fish stocks, in the Gulf of Mexico.

One challenge came from the 90,000 member-strong Coastal Conservation Association, a recreational fishing group based in Texas. The other came from an independent small-scale commercial fisherman with a strong backbone named Brian Lewis, based in Clearwater, FL. Both legal complaints cite the unfair (and likely illegal) process used to develop and finalize the privatization plan, and the unfair intended outcome: creating a program that makes a “free market” tradeable commodity of the ability to catch fish, principally to enable a handful of businesses to control public fish resources. Read the full article…

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The Water Challenge Chronicles – Jon, Week 4

Over the past several weeks, water conservation has really taken on a new meaning for me. This past week I thought of ways to conserve water, but tried to look at the bigger picture as far as how water is being misused. The comment on my last blog entry, which I had originally taken as a sarcastic one, was really eye-opening when I discovered that it was a fairly accurate statement. 90 percent of water waste comes from large agriculture companies. Some five percent comes from municipal golf courses (really amazing, I feel a little disgusted now as an avid golf fan and golf course-frequenter). The remaining five percent is used by people like you and me. How then, can we actually make a difference? Read the full article…

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October 1st, 2009

Celebrate Oktoberfish with Food & Water Watch! : Frugal Fish contest

Happy Oktoberfish! Here at Food & Water Watch, we’ve declared October the official month to celebrate sustainable seafood as we work hard to protect our oceans and ensure that consumers have access to delicious, affordable seafood that‚ healthy for them and the environment.  With that fall chill in the air, were all starting to get excited about festive, food-related occasions, so join Food & Water Watch this month to learn more and get involved in this crucial movement.

We’ve kicked off our month with our Frugal Fish contest, where were asking savvy cooks to whip up a sustainable seafood dinner using fish off our Smart Seafood Guide for under $25. We’ve already started receiving entries, and the contest runs until midnight EST on October 16. Read the full article…

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