July 9th, 2009
Were almost ready to hit the road for the ‚Healthy School
Milk or Bust” Tour. Food &
Water Watch staff and activists will be taking an exciting road trip through
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota to ask senators to
put kids’ nutrition first by clarifying that schools can purchase organic milk
or milk that has been produced without artificial hormones. The tour will stop at various
county fairs, arts festivals and farmers’ markets to collect petition
signatures and urge people to call their members of congress, and then we’ll
deliver those petition signatures to Senator‚ district offices.
We encourage you to meet up with us on the road at
one of our stops. Please see the schedule and join us on the
‚Healthy School Milk or Bust” Tour!
July 8th, 2009
Who ever said you have to give up quality of life to eat sustainably? In fact, it’s the opposite‚ and Food & Water Watch‚ partner chef, Chef Rocky, can prove it. Whether you’re just venturing into the world of healthy, sustainable cooking or have been home-canning since before it was cool, our new Edible EcoUnderground site is full of recipes, advice and fun tidbits to help turn your summer meals into fun and delicious experiences. Read the full article…
July 6th, 2009
Imagine it‚ late January, and your neighbor has finally put his Christmas tree out on the curb. Next, some birds and a squirrel decide to move into it. Seeing this, your neighbor decides it‚ okay to leave it there, despite the fact that it‚ rotting on your grass. “Why should I get rid of it?” he says. “It can be their new habitat.” Read the full article…
Those of us who grew up in the 1950‚ fondly remember the Nestle‚ television and radio commercials featuring the wooden puppets Danny ODay and his trusty basset hound sidekick Farfel extolling the virtues of the company‚ cocoa powder for milk. For those who were not yet born to experience such great culture, Danny ODay would sing: ‚N-E-S-T-L-E-S. Nestle‚ makes the very best” and Farfel would chime in ‚Cha-a-aw-klit.” (If you want to see what I am talking about, there are various renditions of the commercial on the Internet). Back then, Nestle‚ had a wholesome image among U.S. consumers. Read the full article…
June 30th, 2009
If Aesop ever wrote a fable about water, he would surely write a story about the Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico and its continuing struggle to resolve its water crisis.
The metro Tampa Bay area, which includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, among others, continues growing at an accelerating pace. Estimates say 4 million residents will be living in the area within the next 20 years. Today, 2.8 million straws in the area continue consuming precious water, water that seems to be running out. Read the full article…
June 24th, 2009
As if lifted directly from the lines of Bob Dylan‚ Maggie‚ Farm, in November of 2007 Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and a gathering of Georgia citizens woke up in the morning, folded their hands, and in fact, prayed for rain. The calling on God to perform a miracle came in the midst of Georgia‚ 20 month long drought. Rainfall that was 16 inches below average had brought low levels to Georgia‚ lakes and rivers. In fact, the water level at the popular Lake Lanier became so low during this time that its bottom was revealed. At one point 74 of Georgia‚ counties were labeled under extreme drought status and Georgia‚ agricultural industry, which includes cotton, peanuts, corn, and hay, lost a staggering 787.2 million dollars. Read the full article…
June 23rd, 2009
Now, it‚ E. coli contamination of all things Toll-House cookie dough. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 65 people in 29 states have become ill from either eating raw cookie dough or consuming another food item that became contaminated from coming into contact with raw cookie dough. Eating raw cookie dough is never a smart thing to do because there is always a chance that the dough is contaminated with a food-borne pathogen, but the usual culprit is salmonella from unpasteurized eggs , not E. coli which is more commonly associated with beef products. Read the full article…
Food & Water Watch is diving into #waterwednesday on Twitter by hosting a summer-long series of tweet chats.
Join us there @foodandwater every Wednesday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT for a dynamic conversation on the current water crisis and what you can do about it. Read the full article…
June 19th, 2009
Weve got some disturbing news. Researchers have reported
that triclosan was found in the blood of bottlenose dolphins. This
goes to show that the consequences of overusing a pesticide like
triclosan are incredibly far-reaching and dangerous.
It is well known that marine mammals, forced to swim in polluted
waters, become contaminated with persistent organic pollutants. Triclosan,
commonly used in personal care products including hand soaps and dish
detergent, has made its way down drain and into dolphins living in US
coastal waters. The study, which appears in this month‚ Environmental
Pollution, examined dolphins from rivers, an estuary, a harbor and a
lagoon in South Carolina and Florida. Blood samples from wild
bottlenose dolphins found within an estuary in Charleston, South
Carolina and in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida in 2005 were analyzed
for triclosan. Triclosan was detected in 31 and 23 percent of the
animals from the two sites. Read the full article…
June 18th, 2009
Several months ago, in response to our inquiry about social networking sites, you recommended online communities that we should join. We’ve taken your advice and created fledgling pages on Facebook, Twitter, Care2, Change.org, and Gather.
We want to thank you for the warm welcome we’ve received. We are touched by the enthusiasm and deeply inspired by the stories of political activism and personal actions. We are so excited to connect with you in this way! Read the full article…