New Press Releases
December 9, 2013
Press Releases : USDA Bans Food & Water Watch from Building for Two CFC Events
Press Release: Last week, a representative from the USDA’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Office informed Food & Water Watch staff that its invitation to participate in a USDA event featuring CFC registered organizations had been cancelled. The representative stated in an email on December 5, “I regret to inform you that I’ve been notified your organization has not been approved for entrance into USDA to attend the USDA-CFC event on December 10, 2013. I do not have specific information on the reason approval was not granted other than the security clearance was not approved based on the organization, not you as individuals.”
December 5, 2013
Press Releases : Choice at the Supermarket is a Mirage, New Analysis Finds
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch released an in-depth analysis of the consolidation of the grocery industry and the range of impacts it has on the food chain. Grocery Goliaths: How Food Monopolies Impact Consumers examines 100 types of grocery products and found that the top four or fewer food companies control a substantial majority of the sales of each item.
December 4, 2013
Press Releases : USDA’s Salmonella Action Plan Misses the Mark
Media statement: "Today the USDA released its new Salmonella Action Plan, which highlights a controversial proposal to radically change inspection of poultry products as a top priority in battling salmonella. Unfortunately, this new packaging doesn’t make the ‘Modernization of Poultry Inspection’ proposal any more logical or protective of public health. It is still a deregulation of the poultry industry that will put consumers, workers and even animal welfare at risk."
New Fact Sheets
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New Issue Briefs
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December 5, 2013
The consolidation of the food supply impacts not only farmers and food manufacturers, but also consumers in the form of reduced choices and higher prices.
December 9, 2013
In Mexico, as in many countries, information on amounts of recoverable shale gas reserves is uncertain. In 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration placed Mexico in fourth place worldwide. In 2013, we slipped to sixth place. Pemex, the Mexican state petroleum company, estimates the quantity to be even more modest. Regardless of how much gas lies beneath our feet, the consequences of the ambitious battle to frack our country is likely to be felt in many communities.
The latest leaks related to the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations show why the administration is so eager to keep them secret: on every issue the U.S. is siding with corporate interests and against the interests of our families and communities. Perhaps the most troubling part of the latest leak is the lengths to which the U.S. is going to implement Investor State Dispute System, or ISDS. The ISDS is the part of the deal that would allow foreign corporations to sue federal, state and local governments in an international trade tribunal if the corporation thinks it's "free trade" rights are being undermined by laws and regulations designed to protect families and communities. In case that wasn't clear enough, here’s another way to look at it: the U.S. is fighting hard to make sure corporations can sue your city or state if they feel your laws are hurting their profits. It's outrageous!
December 5, 2013
The right wing, Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-big business organization that works to gut environmental protection, attack labor rights and pass discriminatory voter identification laws, is now lining up with meatpackers and factory farms to try to prevent consumers from knowing where their food comes from.
Imagine you’re in the supermarket. It’s an emporium, packed to the brim with shelves of colorful packaging. As you peruse the aisles, you’re confronted by brand on top of brand on top of a new brand that you’ve never heard of before. Cue sensory overload. There are hundreds of different bags of chips. There’s this condiment and that condiment, this yogurt and those “all natural” yogurts. A plethora of choice; or is choice just an illusion?
December 3, 2013
In October 2013, Mexico’s senate passed a carbon tax on fossil fuels that would require companies to pay $5 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted. However, if a company doesn’t feel like paying the $5 per ton tax, they can pay it with a corresponding amount of Certified Emissions Reductions credits (CERs) generated from United Nations-approved Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. Unfortunately, these projects are riddled with problems. CDM initiatives are meant to help developing countries that invest in emissions reducing technology. A power plant in Mexico can invest in clean technology that reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and then sell credits for the prevented emissions. Industrial countries then buy these credits to count toward their own emissions reductions, in place of directly reducing emissions in country. Currently, China, India, Brazil and Mexico have the most CDM projects. However, as some of you might have heard, CDM projects have become notorious for problems with fraud, corruption, increased emissions and not even decreasing emissions. Not to mention that offsets of any kind are a zero sum, pay-to-pollute scheme, allowing pollution to continue at the source while a reduction may or may not happen at the CDM project site.