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Monsanto is a global agricultural biotechnology company that specializes in genetically engineered (GE) seeds and herbicides, most notably Roundup herbicide and GE Roundup Ready seed. The company’s power and influence affects not only the U.S. agricultural industry, but also political campaigns, regulatory processes and the structure of agriculture systems all over the world.
As reoccurring recalls and contamination uncover the serious issues with the way our food is managed, food safety regulation is an urgent dilemma that must be addressed.
Wenonah Hauter’s new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system, what it means for farmers and consumers and how it can be fixed. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “…a meticulously researched tour de force…”
Tainted spinach, peppers, peanut butter and eggs have killed 14 Americans and sickened thousands more over the past five years. Now, Congress wants to cut the budgets of the agencies that oversee our food and water protections even further.
Factory farms, where tens of thousands of animals are raised in crowded facilities, have become widespread. The giant quantities of manure they produce can lead to tainted water and severe air pollution.
We have an important opportunity approaching. The Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2012, and if we can implement certain changes, we can create a healthy food system for everyone.
Genetically modified foods are often untested, frequently require dangerous chemicals in their farming, and may be a threat to organic foods and to the environment. Help us stop them.
Two years ago environmentalists represented by an attorney now with Food & Water Watch brought a Clean Water Act case against Perdue and one of its contract poultry operations for polluting waterways that empty out into the threatened Chesapeake Bay.
Food producers need to address the source of the problem – too fast processing lines and dirty conditions at plants – not promote an expensive, impractical and ineffective technology like irradiation.
The full impact of the Japanese nuclear crisis remains to be seen, but the health risks posed by radioactive contamination are well documented. A major avenue for exposure is through food and water.
The long-awaited rule requiring mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for food went into effect recently. We have been fighting for years to get this information into consumers hands. So can we relax now? Unfortunately, no.
It’s hard to believe, but over the last 60 years, arsenic has become a routine part of a chicken’s diet. Learn why the FDA’s recent announcement of a voluntary suspension of production is not enough and about our “Hold the Arsenic” campaign.
Food is no longer just a sustainer of life — it is a profit center for large multinational corporations. Family farmers and fishermen are facing bankruptcy and relocation to large urban slums.
Food & Water Watch helps consumers learn where their food comes from with Global Grocer. Find out the top exporters for your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Go rBGH-free! The use of this hormone remains controversial because of negative effects on animal health. There are also concerns that the use of rBGH may be linked to cancer in humans.