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New Press Releases

November 26, 2014

Press Releases : GM Crops: Science Is About Questions, not “Consensus”

Food & Water Europe’s damning critique of the so-called scientific "consensus" surrounding GM food and crops, published today, exposes the biotech industry’s role in massaging facts to support its products.

Press Releases : Un Nuevo Informe Desmiente el Mito del Consenso Científico sobre la Seguridad de los Transgénicos

Amigos de la Tierra y Food & Water Europe publican hoy un nuevo informe que expone cómo la industria manipula la información sobre los cultivos y alimentos transgénicos para generar la idea de que existe un “consenso científico” en torno a la seguridad de sus productos.

November 25, 2014

Press Releases : Governor O’Malley Caves to Oil and Gas Interests, Opens up Maryland to Fracking

“Governor Martin O’Malley’s announcement today that his administration will release regulations on fracking next month ignores the tens of thousands of Marylanders calling on him to keep fracking out of the state. “The Maryland Governor, who touts himself as a progressive champion of the environment, cowardly announced right before the Thanksgiving holiday that Maryland will move forward with fracking. He leaves control of fracking’s regulation in the hands of pro-fracking Governor-elect Larry Hogan, someone who sees fracking as a “goldmine” for the state’s coffers. The fact that O’Malley is praising Maryland’s fracking rules as the strictest in the country means nothing considering Hogan will likely change the rules or dismantle them completely.” “O’Malley said that, “Maryland can’t afford to stick its head in the sand here,” but it is the Governor, himself, who is turning a blind eye to the mountain of scientific evidence showing fracking cannot be safely regulated. Given Governor O’Malley’s failure to adequately protect Marylanders from the harms of fracking, it is now incumbent upon the incoming Maryland legislature to keep fracking out of the state.”

Press Releases : MEPs Vote for Food Nanotech Moratorium, Kick Back Commission Clone Plans

Food & Water Europe warmly welcomed the news that MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted last night for a moratorium on nanotechnology in food until proper risk assessment methods have been established and such products proved safe.

November 24, 2014

Press Releases : FSIS Officials Supported Immigration Reform for Chinese Poultry in 2006

Documents inadvertently released by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week reveal that there is conclusive evidence that USDA was very close to approving the importation of Chinese poultry raised and slaughtered in that country in 2006.

November 20, 2014

Press Releases : Newly Released Documents Reveal Collusion Between FDA and Pfizer on Arsenic-Based Animal Feed

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) colluded with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to downplay the results of a study that links inorganic arsenic, a human carcinogen, to the U.S. food supply.

November 19, 2014

Press Releases : Lawsuit Filed Against Governor Kasich and ODNR Over Radioactive Fracking Waste

Today, a lawsuit was filed in Franklin County court against Governor Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) for the illegal approval of at least 23 fracking waste facilities. Fresh Water Accountability Project (FWAP) and Food & Water Watch (F&WW) brought the suit.

Press Releases : Documents Reveal AquaBounty’s Irresponsible Management Prior to Fines for Environmental Violations on GE Salmon

Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth again called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny AquaBounty Technologies’ (LON: ABTX) regulatory application for genetically engineered (GE) salmon, as new evidence from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the company previously handed over responsibility for most safety dimensions of its Panamanian facility—including regulatory compliance and security of the operation—to an independent contractor. News of this grossly irresponsible management decision follows recent revelations that AquaBounty admitted breaching numerous environmental laws at its experimental production facility for GE salmon in Panama. Documents AquaBounty submitted to the SEC, part of the biotech company’s bid to join the NASDAQ Stock Market, indicate that in 2013 AquaBounty handed over management of its Panamanian facility to an independent grower, whose death this summer apparently left the facility in a precarious state for several weeks before the company negotiated a new lease with new operators.

Press Releases : Advocates Urge Congressional Appropriations Leaders to Protect Child Nutrition Programs from Chinese Poultry Imports

Groups urged Senate and House to include a provision in the final FY 2015 funding bill for USDA that would prohibit the department from purchasing any food product that contains processed poultry from the People’s Republic of China for various nutrition programs USDA administers.

Press Releases : Nanotechnology in Food: Critical EU Vote 24 November

Food & Water Europe today called on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to secure a moratorium on the use of nanotechnology in food and food packaging, saying the risks of the technology are so grave that it needs its own laws.






New Fact Sheets

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New Issue Briefs

November 25, 2014

Issue Briefs : Español: El Falso “Consenso Científico”: El Debate en Torno a los Transgénicos no ha Terminado

Las empresas de biotecnología agraria, junto a sus partidarios del mundo académico y la blogosfera, están usando todos sus recursos para difundir el mito de que existe "consenso científico" en torno a la seguridad de los cultivos y alimentos transgénicos.

Issue Briefs : EU Version: The So-Called Scientific “Consensus”: Why the Debate on GMO Safety is Not Over

Biotechnology seed companies, aided by advocates from academia and the blogosphere, are using their substantial resources to broadcast the myth of a "scientific consensus" on the safety of genetically engineered crops (hereafter GMOs), asserting their data is in and the debate is over.






New Reports

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New Blogs

November 24, 2014

Blogs : What I’m Thankful for this Season

Read this letter from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter about what she’s thankful for this holiday season.

Blogs : Halliburton acquires Baker Hughes and its ‘trade secrets’

Last week, Baker Hughes announced that they will merge with multinational giant, Haliburton - the very company after whom an infamous Safe Drinking Water Act exemption is named.

November 21, 2014

November 20, 2014

Blogs : FDA and Pfizer Take a Trip to Spin City

Until last year, small, yet significant levels of arsenic may have laced your chicken dinner, but Big Pharma really didn’t want you to know. And once again, industry influence over government prevailed over protecting public health.