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September 18th, 2009

The Water Challenge Chronicles – Jon, Week 2

So, it‚ been a week since my adventure to Target to buy a dishpan. How‚ it working out, you ask? Well, I have to tell you: I really, really, really wish that I had one of those fancy double-bin sinks. I am happy that my contribution to nature is saving water, but I find that using this dishpan extends my dishwashing time by about 15 minutes every time I wash dishes. Now, with getting the pan ready, washing it to make sure it‚ clean, filling it with hot water, and then actually washing my dishes, I am beginning to suspect that this particular water conservation measure may be a waste of time. I think that many of us waste so much water because it‚ the convenient thing to do. On the up side, I have saved over 170 gallons of water since my last post. Read the full article…

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Water Privatization Threat in Mexico City

Mexico is a country facing staggering water problems. Pollution, scarcity, and lack of access to safe water throughout the country have united many Mexicans into a broad movement in recent years. Now, residents of Mexico City, such as myself, are seeing a new challenge to our already compromised access to a reliable supply of clean water.

Water scarcity has been in Mexico City‚ headlines for several months. Since January of this year, there have been increasing scheduled cutoffs from the Cutzamala system, one of the most important supplies of drinking water for the city. The Cutzamala system is a huge complex of dams, pumps and pipelines that transports 16,000 liters of water per second 1,100 meters up and over the mountains and then 90 miles to the taps of Mexico City. Read the full article…

Louisiana Seafood Safety Bill: A Small Step in the Right Direction

On September 8, a new seafood safety bill authored by Representative Fred Mills (D-46) was formally signed in the Louisiana State Legislature by Governor Jindal.   The bill comes at a time when nearly two-thirds of the shrimpers in the state have participated in a strike in the last month to protest the low prices they receive for their catch. (Read more about the strike and the shrimpers’ position here.) The primary problem is the low prices of farmed imported shrimp, which domestic shrimpers can’t compete with. It’s the same problem that’s undermined so many other U.S. industries: it’s cheaper to produce things in other countries where there aren’t strong labor and environmental standards. While purchasing less expensive products may seem to be a short term answer to difficult personal economic times, it can perpetuate domestic financial problems , by causing loss of U.S. jobs. In this case, there is a risk to consumer health as well. Read the full article…

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September 16th, 2009

The Water Challenge Chronicles – Alex, Week 2

I’m a few days into Food & Water Watch‚ own Water Challenge, and I can report that my life isn’t really drastically different so far. I haven’t been flushing my toilet as often, and I’ve had fewer beers at happy hours. I already take pretty fast showers, so I’m not sure I could really reduce the time spent in the shower without offensive results. Ive been careful to really pack my dishwasher before running it, and Ive been washing pots and pans by hand since they really take up a lot of space in the dishwasher. Read the full article…

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September 11th, 2009

The Water Challenge Chronicles – Alex, Week 1

When I was approached about participating in Food & Water Watch‚ own Water Challenge, I accepted without hesitating. Id like to reduce my impact on the planet and become more aware of how my lifestyle choices affect the environment, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to become more educated. Now that Ive started looking into ways I can reduce my water usage, I must admit Im not as enthusiastic. I think this is one of the biggest challenges facing the environmental movement- most people are reluctant to make real sacrifices or endure any kind of actual suffering, especially when there‚ no obvious, immediate reward for doing so. It‚ easy to recycle; it‚ not so easy to give up your long, leisurely shower. Read the full article…

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The Water Challenge Chronicles – Jon, Week 1

I consider myself to be fairly environmentally conscious. I care about the planet as a future home to millions, so I do my part to help aid larger organizations in their goal of educating average consumers like me in the ways of water conservation as well as water privatization organizations like Food & Water Watch and Environment Maryland, of which I am a member.

I was not really shocked when I was asked to join the Water Challenge project at Food & Water Watch since I think I’m fairly removed from the core issues that our organization is advocating. Well, not really shocked, but in a way, kind of scared. Would I have the patience to continue with the project over a long period of time? Would I be able to make a difference as just once person? What I did know, was that this experience would be fun! Read the full article…

September 9th, 2009

How far will a man go to have no impact?

How far will Colin Beavan, aka “No Impact Man,” go to reduce the effect his lifestyle choices have on the environment? So far, his quest to shrink his carbon footprint has catapulted him from the blogosphere to a book deal and up onto the silver screen.

Now, Food & Water Watch is joining Colin on the next leg of his eco-friendly adventure as he prepares to share the details of his experience with readers and moviegoers around the U.S. Read the full article…

August 27th, 2009

Send your kids back to school without hazardous chemicals!

Is there a dangerous pesticide, lurking in your child‚ insulated lunch bag? Microban is touting its products as great back-to-school-buys. But Microban is just one trade name for triclosan, a pesticide with serious human and environmental health effects. A known endocrine disruptor, triclosan accumulates in our bodies, disrupting hormone functions. When washed down the drain, it persists in our waterways and is toxic to aquatic life. What’s more, triclosan isn’t even proven to prevent illness! Read the full article…

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August 20th, 2009

Is the Bottled Water Trend Spinning Out?

For those of us who’ve devoted a lot of time and thought to battling the absurdly wasteful and disastrously destructive bottled water industry, last week‚ news brought glad tidings.

Firstly, sales of bottled water are down. (Not surprising, given that sales of everything are down, but still, as Wenonah Hauter pointed out in the Washington Post, it‚ great news, and some credit should go where it‚ due.) Second, an independent journalist writing for Mother Jones was arrested and threatened with some less-than-pleasant personal consequences for digging up dirt on Fiji Water. That’s not the good news; the good news is, she got away, and her article brings some shocking revelations about the world‚ most glamorous bottled water brand. Read the full article…

August 13th, 2009

Show us your stuff and win a t-shirt!

Here in DC, weve had some pretty hot days lately. Seems as summer wraps up, were not going to get away without having some good old-fashioned dog days. Whether you’re having a hot sticky mid-Atlantic summer or a dry southwestern one, though‚ or anything in between‚ we all know the one important rule: drink lots of water!

Food & Water Watch has had a summer full of fun, from our rBGH-free road trip, to our summer cooking school with Chef Rocky, to our sustainable seafood rally with local chefs. Now, to wrap it all up, we want YOU to bring the fun with our Take Back the Tap photo contest on Facebook. Read the full article…

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