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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 1016
March 28, 2014
Press Release: Four groups representing, farmers and ranchers, rural communities and consumers that joined the Federal Appeals case as amici curiae to defend mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) applauded today’s Federal Appeals Court ruling that denied a preliminary injunction against enforcing COOL.
March 26, 2014
Press Release: Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a final rule that would grant equivalency status to the Republic of Korea so that it could begin to export poultry products to the U.S. (see). The rule becomes effective May 27, 2014.
March 18, 2014
Media Statement: Monday, March 17th the Cleveland City Council passed a resolution supporting a nationwide ban on the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.
March 14, 2014
Press release: Brussels—“Food & Water Europe dismissed today’s United Kingdom report calling for more GM trials in the UK as “a chronically flawed effort from blinkered vested interests. The UK’s pro-GM government asked a group of GM scientists and lobbyists what we should do about GM food and crops. Since many of the scientists involved make money from GM, it’s no surprise they want more of it. But this situation begs the question: shouldn’t those advising the Government on GM be a bit more independent, or at least a little more distant from the profits?
“The report aims for a shift to U.S.-style regulation based on “substantial equivalence,” rather than the EU’s clear case-by-case precautionary evaluation of each GMO in turn. This attempt to portray GMOs as “just the same” also undermines the very labels that help EU consumers find, and roundly reject, GM products on supermarket shelves.
“The biggest problem with the report is that it misses the point—if industrial food production was going to end hunger, it would have done so by now. We need a much smarter approach to feeding ourselves, with more respect for what farmers do, a sentiment that was reflected in a report called Wake Up Before It’s Too Late, which the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development issued last year.
March 12, 2014
Press release: National advocacy organization Food & Water Watch will reiterate calls to President Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to stop the deregulation of meat inspections in a series of advocacy ad buys in Washington, D.C. this week.
March 11, 2014
Farmers warn of threats to farm economies posed by Dow’s new genetically engineered corn and soybean varieties
Press Release: Today over 387,000 farmers, farmworkers, health professionals, and concerned individuals from across the country joined together in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reject Dow AgroSciences’ application seeking approval of controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean varieties that are resistant to the hazardous herbicide 2,4-D.
Press Release: Label Review Reveals Another Reason FDA Guidance Won’t Stop Misuse of Antibiotics in Livestock
March 7, 2014
Del. McIntosh Kills Fracking Wastewater Bill, Leaves Maryland Vulnerable to Contaminants From Out-of-State Fracking Waste
Annapolis, MD — “Today, the Maryland House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee lost a valuable opportunity to provide protection for Marylanders against the dangers of fracking when it blocked legislation to ban the treatment, storage, disposal, and discharge of fracking wastewater in Maryland. It’s regrettable that the committee wasn’t allowed to pass the legislation.
“It’s outrageous that instead of asking for a simple yes or no vote, Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh asked ‘Who needs to vote for this to get re-elected?’ The fact that she then told a legislator that he didn’t need the vote ‘down there’ in his district shows her intent to not let the legislation through no matter how much support it had in committee.
March 6, 2014
Press Release: In a letter delivered today to the White House, over 100 farm, consumer, environmental and multi-issue advocacy groups and businesses across the country denounced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan to deregulate poultry inspections and increase maximum slaughter line speeds from 140 to 175 birds per minute. The groups also delivered 219,785 petitions against the proposal.
March 4, 2014
Media Statement: “Community water systems were dealt a devastating blow today with the release of the President’s 2015 Fiscal Budget. For the fifth year in a row, the proposed federal budget will cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, and by extension, community water systems.