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January 17, 2014

Fisheries Research Should Not Become “Collateral Damage” of Trade Deal

Washington, D.C.—“Today, 9 members of Congress sent a letter to the United States Trade Representative to ensure that fisheries research does not become the unintended collateral damage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement.

Currently, the TPP is being negotiated in secret and includes some of the world’s biggest fish and seafood exporters (Vietnam, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico) and is designed so other nations can just join it in the future. Already the Philippines, China, South Korea, Thailand and India (and their tremendous fishing and aquaculture industries) have expressed interest in joining TPP.

TPP would eliminate all or nearly all tariffs on imported fish, which is just another reason to oppose fast track. Some of these tariffs are used to fund domestic fisheries research. Given the beating our fishermen already have taken from massive seafood imports, they don’t need this added injury.

Food & Water Watch heartily shares the Congress Members’ concerns that fisheries research will become the unintended collateral damage of TPP negotiations.”

January 9, 2014

Congressional Push for Fast Track Authority Threatens Basic Consumer Rights, Food Safety, Local Sovereignty

“With the introduction of fast track legislation today in the Senate and House of Representatives, the Obama Administration came a step closer to its goal to be allowed unchecked authority to promote trade deals that undermine basic consumer rights, food safety and local sovereignty. The President is seeking fast track authority in order to complete controversial trade deals including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement, which are actually corporate power grabs disguised as trade agreements.

“It’s deplorable that Congress would consider giving up their oversight role and allow the White House to push for an accelerated timetable for something as critical and far-reaching as the TPP. If Congress passes fast track, it would allow the President to set the terms for all future negotiations relating to trade deals, without any ability of Congress to amend the language.

“Fast track approval would pave the way for the TPP, which could have disastrous implications for American consumers. The TPP threatens the very essence of our democratic process by promoting privatization of public resources and corporate self-regulation. It would give companies the power to overrule local governing bodies on decisions about fracking, food safety, public health and the environment. Despite the far-reaching implications of these negotiations, the TPP has mostly been negotiated in secret. But over 600 official corporate ‘trade advisors’ are privy to the content in the agreements, even though Members of Congress, governors, state legislators, the media or the public haven’t had access to its text.

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Food & Water Watch Slams Sysco-US Foods Merger

Press Release: In response to the latest news of giant food corporations seeking to further consolidate, Food & Water Watch demanded that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission undertake a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the proposed merger between the two biggest U.S. foodservice distribution firms: Sysco Corp. and US Foods Holding Corp.

December 19, 2013
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Acknowledges Dangers of Fracking in Decision to Empower Communities

Media Statement: Today’s decision by the State Supreme Court acknowledging the dangers of fracking is a huge victory for communities throughout Pennsylvania that have been fighting desperately against the devastating realities of fracking that big oil and gas corporations – and our bought-off governor – have thrust upon them.

Organizations Denounce Nestlé’s New Human Rights Impact Assessment as a Public Relations Stunt

Nestlé’s new human rights assessment, launched at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last week, is full of holes say labour and civil society organizations, including the Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch, and Public Services International.

December 16, 2013
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FDA Rule on Triclosan Promising, But Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Consumers

“Today’s proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that companies that manufacture triclosan should prove the chemical is more effective than soap and water is a victory for consumers.

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D.C. District Court Fails on Pollution Trading: Clean Water Act Trading Lawsuit Dismissed Due to Burden of Proof

Washington, D.C.—Last Friday, a Washington, D.C. District Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth that challenged the legality of water pollution trading under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The groups filed the lawsuit after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sanctioned water pollution trading in its December 2010 Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) as a mechanism for polluters to avoid meeting CWA permitting requirements. The legal action sought to have the practice declared illegal. Food & Water Watch is now considering an appeal of the court’s ruling.

The CWA requires point sources of pollution, including waste water treatment facilities and manufacturing plants, to limit their discharges based on strict, technology-based land water quality-based standards. EPA’s trading scheme turns that approach on its head, instead granting these facilities the right to purchase credits in lieu of meeting these standards.

Unfortunately, instead of addressing the legality of this “pay-to-pollute” system, the court dismissed the case on non-substantive grounds, claiming that Plaintiffs have not met their burden of showing that pollution trading has yet resulted in harm to people who live and recreate near facilities that purchase pollution credits.

December 13, 2013
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Yet Again, Chinese Chicken Proves Unfit, But USDA Remains Committed to Its Importation

Media Statement: “FSIS — the very agency that today conceded that China’s food safety system is inadequate — has given the green light to allow processed chicken from China to enter U.S. Borders, just so the chickens are raised and slaughtered from an approved country such as the U.S., Canada and Chile. Regardless of when in the processing sequence chicken bound for American consumption passes through China, it is at risk since China’s food safety record is horrific and there are serious concerns with avian influenza.”

December 12, 2013
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Dallas Fracking Ordinance a Huge Step Forward in Oil Country

“Food & Water Watch applauds the work of FracDallas and other community organizations whose work was instrumental in yesterday’s 9-6 City Council decision to enact restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Dallas.

December 9, 2013
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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.”

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