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April 23, 2015
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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.

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One-Third of Baltimore Residents Can’t Afford Ever-Increasing Water Rates

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
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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
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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.

April 16, 2015

Same Old Fast Track Would Unravel Consumer Protections

Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced their Fast Track trade promotion legislation (The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, TPA-2015) that includes provisions that would weaken consumer protections, undermine U.S. food safety standards and prevent commonsense food labeling. The legislation is nearly identical to the measure Senator Hatch introduced last year that failed to garner Congressional approval. It replicates the provisions of Fast Track bills from bygone eras (in 1991 and 2002 in the buildup to NAFTA and CAFTA) and deprives Congress of its constitutionally mandated role in setting U.S. policy in a more complex international commercial landscape.

“Congress should reject this retrograde Fast Track trade legislation that is designed to usher in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal that is a raw deal for consumers,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The fine print in Fast Track contains an all-out attack on America’s consumer protection and food safety laws.”

The legislation dismisses the importance of food safety and consumer protection in trade negotiations, although unsafe imported foods and products have deluged consumers over the past twenty years of corporate-driven globalization. The bill specifically only allows trade negotiators to “take into account” (not “obtain” or “ensure”) the “legitimate health or safety [and] consumer interests,” relegating these safeguards to second class status behind mandatory objectives for business interests and allowing unelected trade negotiators to decide which U.S. consumer protections are “legitimate” (Sec. 2(a)(13)).

April 13, 2015
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International Organizations Call on El Salvador to Recognize Human Rights to Food and Water

Press Release: Today, 132 international organizations sent a letter to El Salvador’s legislature expressing support for a proposal to enshrine the human rights to food and water in the country’s Constitution. The groups, which represent 18 countries as well as several regional and international alliances, include immigrant, environmental, labor, religious, family farmer, development, and solidarity organizations.

April 10, 2015
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Maryland Fracking Moratorium Headed to Governor Hogan’s Desk

Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch Annapolis, Md. – Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation, voting 102-34, that would prohibit fracking permits in the in the state until October 2017. In response, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, issued the following statement: “After months of campaigning, […]

April 8, 2015
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Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

Press Release: Organic stakeholders filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the USDA violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for synthetic chemicals in certified organic food.

Controversial Animal Drugs Backed by Corporate Science

Press release: The peer-reviewed, scientific research on controversial drugs used in livestock and poultry production is very heavily influenced by corporate drug companies.

April 7, 2015

Baltimore Water Shut-Offs Violate Human Right to Water

Baltimore’s Department of Public Works could deny 25,000 households, or approximately 75,000 people, their human right to water. The city must stop residential shutoffs and turn the water back on to avoid a human rights and public health disaster.

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