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November 12th, 2009

Everyone Wants Real Food

Especially the Richmond City Council in California. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, smells of mashed potatoes and candied yams are wafting across everyone’s plate. But the City Council in Richmond is serving up bigger concerns with the recent passage of a resolution recognizing the distinction between milk free from artificial hormones and milk produced using the artificial hormone recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). The resolution goes further in encouraging all schools, public hospitals, institutions and other feeding programs within its borders to favor milk produced without rBGH when purchasing milk for their meal programs. Read the full article…

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November 6th, 2009

Ratepayers Shouldn't Subsidize a Corporate Calamity Waiting to Happen

They say that those who forget the past are bound to repeat it. In 1999, Poseidon Resources and its partners were selected to build a desalination facility in Tampa Bay, Florida. The project never got off the ground. After Poseidon‚ partner declared bankruptcy, Tampa Bay Water, the public water agency, bought the plant back. The Tampa Bay desalination plant was ultimately $40 million over budget and five years late.

Now Poseidon is at it again, this time in Southern California where they are grossly underestimating their costs and attempting to win public subsidies for a desalination plant twice the size as the one in Tampa Bay. Read the full article…

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November 5th, 2009

New Video Shows How Wall Street Gamblers Contributed to 2008 Food Crisis

Our friends at Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns launched a new Web video that explains how Wall Street fat cats helped propel the 2008 food crisis. The food crisis is related to the economic meltdown , both were driven by rampant speculation on obscure financial products (like the derivatives that brought down insurance giant AIG). Read the full article…

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November 2nd, 2009

Envelope Please…

A while back, we promised to keep you posted on the voting results of the Food & Water Watch Water Challenge. After two weeks of voting, the results are in. When asked who you thought deserved to win the challenge, you chose…Alex Patton! Earlier today, Alex was rewarded with his prize for his efforts–a reusable Food & Water Watch water bottle. When informed of his victory, Alex reacted with his typical humor saying, “I think we both learned a lot, and in the end it was probably my cute cat video that put me over the edge. But I’ll take my big win any way I can!” Read the full article…

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October 30th, 2009

Corporate Water Barons Provide a Fright at The Atlantic's Water Summit

When I stopped by The AtlanticWater Summit held at the National Press Club yesterday morning, I got a strange feeling of déja vu. The magazine said it was bringing together ‚leading experts from the public and private sectors in in-depth discussion and debate,” but the summit seemed very similar to the private industry conference I attended early this month in Orlando where water company executives mingled with regulators and talked about their goals.

There was no debate in the Water Summit‚ panel titled “A New Era for Water.” Panelist Laurent Auguste, CEO of Veolia Water North America‚ the largest private water contract operator in the country‚ had free range to tout the supposed success of water privatization. None of his fellow panelists questioned anything, not even when he said that private financing and private sector efficiencies make water infrastructure projects cheaper. Read the full article…

October 27th, 2009

Killing Fields: The Battle to Feed Factory Farms

We have gotten used to cheap meat in Europe, but the full price is being paid across Latin America as vast soya plantations and their chemicals lead to poisonings, violence and human rights abuses.

To make way for soy plantations, thousands of people are being forced from their land and with it, losing their ability to grow their own food. Indigenous people are being evicted and forests are being cleared. Read the full article…

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October 23rd, 2009

FWW Fish Policy Analyst Reports from Bretton Woods: No Public Input in Fishery Management Process

Wow. We already knew that Obama’s adminstration is fast-tracking the privatization of U.S. fish resources at the behest of vested interests. What is now crystal clear is that we have a compromised, dare I say partly privatized, policymaking process to get there.

I have just spent two days in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire at a very fancy mountain resort as an uninvited public participant in a workshop organized by the private Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum. Read the full article…

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October 22nd, 2009

Leave it to Levitt

When I came to work at Food & Water Watch I expected to have to learn quite a bit about drinking water and sewer systems, about watersheds and green infrastructure, but one thing I didn’t expect was having to learn about municipal bonds. But . . .

The former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission under Bill Clinton , Arthur Levitt , published an opinion piece on today that points to concerns with the municipal bond market. He argues that municipals bonds are overpriced. When they ought to be cheaper than corporate bonds, they often aren’t. Read the full article…

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On Seafood Cards: Monterey Bay’s "Super Green" List and Our Own Smart Seafood Guide

If youre interested in sustainable seafood, youve probably already heard that Monterey Bay Aquarium has just released its ‚Super Green” seafood list, recommending the fish that are most likely to be low in contaminants and environmental risk factors.

Food & Water Watch congratulates Monterey Bay on making these great recommendations. As we have a real demand for seafood in the U.S., it‚ crucial that information be available to help consumers make the best possible choices for their health and the environment. Read the full article…

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October 20th, 2009

Nestlé Waters Greenwashing on Youtube: Help us Respond!

Nestlé, the world‚ largest bottled water producer, is at it again–trying to fool the public into buying its overpriced and environmentally harmful product. This time, it has taken its mission to Youtube.

In a series of slick and high-priced two-minute clips, Nestlé attempts to portray bottled water as better than tap water, good for consumers, and take a seat for this one good for the environment. Read the full article…

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