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June 22nd, 2010

What Does ‘Sustainable Seafood’ Mean?

The word “sustainable” is often overused to indicate that a practice or product is “green,” “eco-friendly” or a host of other environmentally compatible notions. An article on food activism and dining in the Bay Area about “sustainable seafood” caught my eye recently, and made me wonder: what does “sustainable seafood” really mean? The definition of sustainable seems to vary greatly, depending on who is using it and how. Here’s our take on seafood safety and sustainability: Read the full article…

June 18th, 2010

Sniffing Out Seafood Safety Standards

If you’re worried about the quality of domestic seafood due to the Gulf oil spill, think twice before you turn to imported seafood as a safer alternative. While many people, such as’s Sarah Parsons, have been questioning the safety of Gulf seafood, (with food safety officials now employing sniff tests to assess the acceptability of seafood from oil-contaminated areas), few have asked what safety regulations are in place for imported seafood. No matter what your thoughts on the sniff-test method, you should know that imported seafood, which has a lengthy record of safety issues, is barely put to any testing at all. Read the full article…

June 16th, 2010

David Slays Goliath

The people of Trenton, New Jersey have spoken. If you listen closely, you can hear the shouts of an emphatic, “No!”  79 percent of Trenton residents who voted on a referendum to sell the suburban portion of their water infrastructure to New Jersey American Water Company, have now made it quite clear that they are against privatization.  The “no’s” won it 6,986 to 1,812. Read the full article…

June 14th, 2010

Prevention starts when we have enough evidence to act

At the heart of the recent President’s Cancer Panel report is a call for a precautionary approach to environmental contaminants and our exposure to them. Our federal agencies, the ones designed to protect us and promote public health, seem to have missed the memo on prevention—a precautionary measure. Read the full article…

June 11th, 2010

It takes a sardine to raise a village

If you enjoy the taste of sardines, eating them can now be considered a political statement.  By choosing to eat these small “pelagic” inhabitants of the lower end of the food chain, one is rejecting farmed fish, which often consume large quantities of the world’s sardines, anchovies, herring, and other small, wild fish, in the form of aquaculture feed from factory fish farms.  Perhaps, calling sardine consumption activism is a bit exaggerated, but it might help explain the delicate relationship between ocean aquaculture and overall global food security. Read the full article…

June 7th, 2010

Mom's kicks the bottle habit

Washington Business Journal reported today that Mom’s Organic Market, a local grocery chain with six locations in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, will no longer sell bottled water to their customers. This is great news! The fact that a grocery company has discontinued the sale of bottled water is proof that it can be eliminated from the business model without much of a financial risk for the company.   Read the full article…

June 4th, 2010

Water: I'll take it, but don't wrap it up

The International Bottled Water Association recently reported a decline in the volume of bottled water sold in the United States for the second consecutive year. After a 2.7 percent decrease in 2009, the industry is looking for new ways to attract consumers to their products. Here are two egregious examples of their targeted marketing efforts: Read the full article…

BP statements are far from reality

Why does President Obama continue to trust BP to operate deepwater oil rigs in the gulf?

Watch this video and tell us what you think.

June 3rd, 2010

Poultry growers deserve fair contracts

Poultry growers from across the south had a lot on their minds when they convened in Normal, AL for a hearing hosted by the USDA and the Department of Justice on the subject of competition in agriculture. Considering this is the first time USDA and DOJ have hosted workshops to discuss competition (or lack of competition) in poultry markets, one of the most common thoughts among the growers must have been, “It’s about time!” Read the full article…

May 17th, 2010

Spill the Truth About BP's Atlantis

Food & Water Watch officially filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court today. The suit seeks a temporary injunction to halt BP’s Atlantis operations in the Gulf of Mexico. As oil from the Deepwater Horizon continues to leak off the coast of Louisiana, we are reminded that BP continues to operate Atlantis without critical safety documents.  In the meantime, we have launched Spill the Truth, a special website created to warn about the potential dangers of Atlantis and to ask people to take action to help prevent another BP disaster. Read the full article…