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New Press Releases

August 27, 2014

Press Releases : Federal Approval of Tyson-Hillshire Merger Harms Consumers

Press Statement: “Today, the U.S. Justice Department approved the merger between Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands, requiring an important divestiture, but nonetheless allowing one of the largest meat processing mergers in years.






New Fact Sheets

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New Issue Briefs

August 28, 2014

Issue Briefs : Toxic Workplace: Fracking Hazards on the Job

Oil and gas workers are being injured and even killed from accidents, and are being exposed to harmful toxins while on the job.

August 25, 2014

Issue Briefs : Incentivizing Fracking: The EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new “Clean Power Plan.” The plan aims to cut the nation’s carbon emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.






New Reports

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New Blogs

August 29, 2014

Blogs : Extension’s Role, and Retreat, in Improving Farmers’ Bottom Lines

Alabama’s Farm Analysis Program represents the best of what our nation’s “extension” program can be — utilizing the technical expertise of land-grant universities to improve farmer livelihoods. Extension, which this summer celebrates its centennial and is the subject of a series of blogs from Food & Water Watch, uses programs like this to connect farmers with university experts, in this case trained economists who conduct careful financial analyses of farm income.

Blogs : Laugh? Cry? UK Plans to Let Big Biz Police Itself

The UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has a plan: Businesses should have a bigger say in how regulations are enforced.

August 28, 2014

Blogs : Is Cornell the Go-To University for Industry Science?

Cornell University announced last week that it is embarking on a multi-million dollar campaign to “depolarize the charged debate” around GMOs. Can you guess who’s behind this effort? The biotech industry and its supporters.

Blogs : How the Fracking Industry Undermines Labor

Food & Water Watch released Toxic Workplace: Fracking Hazards on the Job, a research brief that exposes the dangers of working in the fracking industry.

August 27, 2014

Blogs : 100 Years of Cooperative Extension: Using Research to Improve Lives (at Least in Theory)

This summer marks the 100-year anniversary of cooperative extension, maybe the oldest federal agricultural program you’ve never heard of. Awkwardly named, “extension” was established by Congress in 1914 to help disseminate the groundbreaking agricultural research produced by our public, land-grant universities.

August 26, 2014

Blogs : A Burger King’s Ransom: New Merger Seizes Cross-Border Tax Loophole

Burger King has announced that it is merging with the Canadian breakfast chain Tim Hortons, creating the world’s third largest fast food chain with more than 18,000 restaurants and $22 billion in revenue.