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New Press Releases

September 15, 2014

September 11, 2014

Press Releases : Senate Chooses Corporate Interests Over People

Today, a minority of the Senate voted down the Udall Amendment, along with a chance to minimize the influence of money in our politics. In defeating the Udall Amendment, these senators chose to side with the Koch Brothers and sent a loud message to American voters that the true voice in politics belongs to those with big coffers.

Press Releases : Food & Water Watch Sues USDA to Stop the New Poultry Inspection System

Today Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules—which would turn over key food safety inspection functions to poultry companies with limited oversight by USDA inspectors.

New Fact Sheets

There are no new Fact Sheets this week

New Issue Briefs

September 15, 2014

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

Biotechnology seed companies, aided by advocates from academia and the blogopsphere, are using their substantial resources to broadcast the myth of a "scientific consensus" on the safety of GMOs, asserting that the data is in and the debate is over.

New Reports

September 16, 2014

Reports : The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking

Food & Water Watch calls for a ban on fracking because of the significant risks that accompany it. This report reviews the most recent scientific studies and renews the call for the prohibition of fracking worldwide.

New Blogs

Blogs : Pro-GMO Database: Monsanto is Most Common Funder of GMO Research

The pro-GMO advocacy group Biofortified announced in late August that the group’s much-hyped GENERA database of GMO research is now available for public review in a trial version. Though the database contains only a fraction of the GMO research available (400 of 1200 studies, according to Biofortified), this hasn’t stopped the group from drawing sweeping conclusions about what the science says.

Blogs : Keep Calm and Ban Fracking: Shale Gas in the UK

The planning committee of the South Downs National Park in England voted unanimously to turn down an application by shale gas explorer, Celtique Energie, to start drilling and maybe fracking at Fernhurst, a two hour drive south of London.

Blogs : To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking

With the upcoming People’s Climate March and United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, it is more important than ever that the climate effects of fracking are addressed. This is why today, Food & Water Watch released The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking.

September 12, 2014

Blogs : Where Corporate Agribusiness Meets Cooperative Extension

On its centennial anniversary, extension appears to avoid addressing some of agriculture’s most pressing needs, especially the economic challenges farmers face from intense corporate concentration.

September 11, 2014

Blogs : GM-Uh-Oh? Annie’s Inc. Sells Out to General Mills 

This week, General Mills announced that it will purchase the organic (and “natural”) food company Annie’s, Inc. This is just another in a long line of food company mergers, but it highlights how no matter what foods you love, corporate consolidation is taking over your grocery cart.

September 10, 2014

Blogs : I Read EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan So You Don’t Have To

On June 2, the EPA announced its new “Clean Power Plan.” The plan came after a long wait. Back in 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had the power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. After Congress tried and failed to pass a weak Cap-and-Trade approach, eyes turned to the EPA to see if they could do better. Unfortunately, the answer is that they didn’t do better. The proposed regulations don’t go nearly far enough and rely on bad or nonexistent solutions to the problem. This plan makes insufficient progress to address an existential crisis. We’ve just released a new fact sheet that brings together the shortcomings of the plan. We all know the science. By 2050, if we’re to avoid the worst of global warming, we need to cut carbon emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels. Yet this plan, even if it were to be fully “successful,” would leave the U.S. in 2030 with higher total emissions than 1990 levels! In an area crying out for action, giving up is not leadership.