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April 21st, 2010

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,, 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…

April 2nd, 2010

Rainbow Trout to Replace Matthew McConaughey in Upcoming Film

We live in a world where image is everything.  We human beings are a prideful species and, while we certainly mean well most of the time, we have a habit of obsessing over self-improvement, often to the point of overdoing it.  And, now we’ve started over-doing it to fish. Read the full article…

April 1st, 2010

Hurricane Season Is Around the Corner: Tell Rep. Cao to Protect the Gulf By Investigating BP Atlantis

Since July, Food & Water Watch has been drawing attention to the potential for a major accident in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a whistleblower’s report, oil giant BP does not have the proper engineer-approved documents for major portions of its oil/gas platform known as Atlantis, creating a threat to worker health and safety –and the entire Gulf of Mexico region. Read the full article…

March 30th, 2010

New York Times Opens Up to Seafood Sustainability

It was exciting to see a recent article in the New York Times that featured sustainable seafood – in this case, wild Gulf-caught shrimpShrimp is the most popular seafood item in the U.S., but many are unaware of the ecological effects and consumer health implications of imported farm-raised shrimp. Read the full article…

March 25th, 2010

The Price of Ocean Privatization: Core Science Funding Slashed

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) budget request for fiscal year 2011 includes $54 million to fast track the biggest and most outrageous giveaway of access to public fish in U.S. history. Read the full article…

March 22nd, 2010

We Prefer Ad Spin When It’s Left to Don Draper

World Water Day is an excellent opportunity to consider the ways in which our choices as consumers affect world water resources. As many of you already know, bottled water contributes to the world’s pollution and waste problems. It is also a prime example of corporate spin run amok. While the oh-so-clever industry execs have convinced many people that bottled water is better than water from the tap, in most cases this is simply not true. It actually reminds us of another industry infamous for using misinformation to peddle its products… Read the full article…

March 19th, 2010

How are you celebrating World Water Day?

Hey there! This is Kelly Barrett, communications intern here at Food & Water Watch, with an important announcement. If you haven’t yet heard of World Water Day, listen up…

March 22nd is World Water Day!

Like the rest of us at Food & Water Watch, I’m pumped about World Water Day and want you to be too. What better time to take back our tap? We are so excited, we want to hear all about what you are doing to celebrate World Water Day. There are lots of ways to get involved, so get moving and then tell us about it via Twitter, on Facebook, or in a comment on this post. Here are some ideas for getting in on the action:

  1. Pledge to Take Back the Tap!
  2. Ask Congress to Take Back the Tap.
  3. Join our virtual march to Take Back the Tap on Facebook (with lots of ways to take action).
  4. Help to host a movie screening of one of these great documentary films that focus on the world’s water crisis.
  5. Sign up to receive our action alerts and if you’re one of the first 25 to do so, win that nifty “Take Back the Tap” stainless steel water canteen.
  6. Then…after you take action, tweet us about it, write on our Facebook wall or on the event page, or leave a comment here to tell us what you’re doing.

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