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November 26, 2013
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Farmer, Rancher and Consumer Groups Celebrate New “COOL” Thanksgiving as Improved Food Labels Take Effect this Week

Media Statement: s families settle in to celebrate Thanksgiving, it will have a renewed all-American emphasis as a result of the new Country-of-Origin Labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products that went into effect this week. The commonsense labels provide clearer, more transparent and more accurate information to let consumers know where their food comes from for Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2013

Missing Permits Raise Stakes for Escape of AquaBounty’s Genetically Engineered Salmon

Press Release: AquaBounty’s experimental production facility of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in Panama is missing multiple legally required permits and inspections, including a wastewater discharge permit, according to an administrative claim filed today in Panama by the environmental group Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panama (CIAM).

Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth were part of an international coalition of groups who supported CIAM’s administrative claim by submitting a letter to Panamanian authorities today, which raises serious questions regarding AquaBounty’s ability to comply with basic environmental regulations.

“These allegations suggest a dangerous pattern of non-compliance and mismanagement by AquaBounty, raising the likelihood of an environmentally damaging escape of these fish,” said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety. “This news further undermines the empty assurances that AquaBounty and the Food and Drug Administration have given the public and suggests that Panama’s environmental laws may have also been broken.”

November 20, 2013
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100,000 Americans tell McDonald’s to Pass on Biotech Fries

Press Release: On Nov. 8, the fast food mega-chain McDonald’s announced they had “no plans” to use the genetically engineered Arctic apple. Today the advocacy group Food & Water Watch delivered a letter signed by more than 100,000 Americans telling the fast food giant to go a step further and agree not to source a new genetically engineered potato from one of its main potato suppliers that is up for approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

November 19, 2013
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Celebrities Ask Governor Hickenlooper, “What the Frack?”

Press Release: Today, celebrities and environmental advocates — including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others — will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate Coloradans about the dangers that fracking poses, and to put pressure on Governor Hickenlooper to ban fracking and move to a renewable energy economy instead.

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Celebrities Ask President Obama & Government Officials “What the Frack?”

Press Release: Today, celebrities and environmental advocates—including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate Americans about the dangers that fracking poses to the nation, and to put pressure on government officials to move to a renewable energy economy instead.

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Celebrities Ask Governor Brown, “What the Frack?”

Press Release: Today, some of California’s most famous environmental advocates — including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate California residents about the dangers that fracking poses to the Golden State, and to put pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking and move toward a renewable energy economy instead.

November 18, 2013
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Governor Breaks Promise to Environmental Community by Withdrawing Phosphorous Management Program

“Food & Water Watch was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that Governor Martin O’Malley—a longtime friend to the big poultry companies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore—has broken his promise to the environmental community to help curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Last Friday, the Maryland State Department of Agriculture withdrew regulations that would have addressed the poultry industry’s 1.5 billion annual pounds of manure runoff from farms into local waterways.

“Last month, the O’Malley Administration pledged to implement the Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT), a critical chicken manure application tool that would help hold the poultry industry accountable for excess phosphorous runoff from chicken manure into the Chesapeake Bay. While the Administration promised to implement the program completely by January 2015, the decision to withdraw PMT will surely hurt any legitimate efforts to address pollution in the Bay.

November 13, 2013
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Fort Worth City Council Votes to Keep Water Utility Public

Media Statement: Fort Worth City Council Votes to Keep Water Utility Public

November 8, 2013
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European Union Officially Rejects Australian Privatized Meat Inspection System

Press release: “This past week, the European Commission (EC) posted on its website its final report of the May 2012 audit its staff conducted of the Australian meat inspection system for products destined for Europe and concluded that the privatized meat inspection system called the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS) implemented in the September 2011 was not in compliance with European Union food safety regulations. In the report, the EC audit staff concluded that by having company-paid inspectors perform post-mortem inspection of animal carcasses was a conflict of interest.”

November 6, 2013
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Against the Odds, Three Colorado Communities Protect Themselves from Fracking (Updated)

Media Statement: “We witnessed historic victories last night with the passage of measures to stop fracking in Fort Collins, Boulder and Lafayette, with the Broomfield measure still too close to call. Tens of thousands of Coloradans from across the state spoke out resoundingly against fracking and for protecting their health, safety, property, families and futures from this dangerous, irresponsible practice.”

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