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April 23, 2015
Press Releases : Food & Water Watch Denounces USDA Approval of Apples from China
Media Statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of imported fresh apples from China could threaten American consumers and apple growers.
Food & Water Watch released critical analysis of the situation surrounding Baltimore, MD's water shutoffs. One-third of of Baltimore residents can no longer afford to keep pace with continually rising water rates. Baltimore's Department of Public Works has targeted residents for shutoffs before trying to collect from delinquent commercial accounts.
April 22, 2015
Press Releases : On Earth Day Pocan and Schakowsky Introduce Strongest Federal Fracking Ban in the U.S.
On Earth Day, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), members of the Safe Climate Caucus, introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902
April 21, 2015
Press Releases : President Obama’s Earth Day Climate Message Inconsistent With His Support for Fracking
As President Obama travels to the Everglades for Earth Day, Food & Water Watch is highlighting the disconnect between his statements on climate and his administration's promotion of fracking on "protected" federal lands near where he will be.
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April 24, 2015
This week, both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee approved Fast Track trade authority, designed to accelerate Congressional consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But this is merely what the politics of Fast Track looks like on the surface. The dueling committee hearings were designed to give a false sense of momentum and inevitability to the Fast Track fight, but passage was practically guaranteed in these two committees largely stacked with corporate free trade apologists. Just below the surface, underneath the spin and the lobbying, this week’s committee action shows the broad-based and passionate opposition to Fast Track. The House Ways and Means passed Fast Track, but it did so on an almost entirely party-line vote, with only two Democrats joining the Republicans (Reps. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon and Ron Kind from Wisconsin). The rest of the House Democrats voted no, and this solid opposition to Fast Track in the pro-trade committee suggests that Fast Track does not have an easy road forwards in the House. Republicans even refused to allow a vote on the Democratic trade authority alternative bill (offered by the dean of Democratic trade policy, Rep. Sander Levin). Stalwart critics of corporate-driven free trade like Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) put up a spirited attack on the Senate side, foreshadowing contentious debates to come.
April 23, 2015
If it wasn’t about the future of the planet, I’d laugh at the chutzpah. One day after Earth Day, the GOP-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, chaired by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith (recipient of more than $600,000 from the oil and gas industry) held a hearing about efforts to ban fracking. Obviously, Big Oil and Gas is mighty worried about the success of the powerful grassroots movement to ban fracking.
In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen just how deep the ties run between Big Food’s PR machine and that of Big Tobacco.
April 22, 2015
Today is Earth Day, an ideal time to think about what we can do to better preserve and protect our environment. Fittingly, the Protect Our Public Lands Act, which would ban fracking on all federal lands, was reintroduced today by Congressmembers Mark Pocan and Jan Schakowsky, and 12 additional cosponsors.
April 20, 2015
This week, local officials in the Florida Keys will decide whether to approve the first ever release of genetically engineered (GMO) mosquitoes in the United States. Yes, you read that right: lab-engineered mosquitoes could be released in one of America's favorite tourist destinations very soon, even though it's unclear if any government agency has evaluated the full array of health and environmental risks associated with these new GMO insects.