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February 26, 2013
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Senate Bill Introduced to Stop Fracking in New Mexico

Press Release: Senator William Soules (D-37 Dona Ana) has introduced a bill to prohibit horizontal hydraulic fracturing in New Mexico. Senate Bill 547 would amend the Oil and Gas Act to prohibit the controversial practice best known as fracking.

February 22, 2013
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Americans Against Fracking Opposes Dr. Ernest Moniz for Secretary of Energy

Press Release: In anticipation of his rumored appointment of Dr. Ernest Moniz to the position of Secretary of Energy, Americans Against Fracking today urged President Obama to reconsider his selection.

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Coalition Launches Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods in New Jersey

A broad coalition of consumer, environmental, labor, student, health, farming, faith and business organizations announced the launch today of a statewide campaign to pass legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in New Jersey.

February 20, 2013
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College Park City Council Votes to Support Fracking Ban

Statement: “Food & Water Watch commends the College Park City Council on their decision to support legislation that calls for a ban on drilling and fracking for shale gas throughout the entire state of Maryland. The College Park Councilmembers recognize that natural gas is the wrong direction for Maryland, and it’s good to see them join a growing list of Maryland leaders willing to take a stand against the oil and gas industry.

“Maryland lawmakers are in a unique position to put legislation in place now to defend against the harmful effects of fracking. This is why Maryland Del. Shane Robinson (D-39) and Maryland Sen. Karen Montgomery (D-MD) introduced a bill to ban fracking throughout the state. Their legislation is the only way to guarantee the protection of public health and the environment, and it’s great to see the City of College Park get behind their efforts.

“Marylanders need only look north to our neighbors in Pennsylvania to see the dangers that fracking poses to our water and air. The state has an opportunity to put the breaks on fracking before it starts. Food & Water Watch calls on lawmakers to pass the legislation introduced by Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Karen Montgomery that would ban fracking in Maryland before it’s too late.”

February 14, 2013

Iowa Senate Introduces Legislation to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

Press Release: Today, Senator Joe Bolkcom introduced a bill, Senate File 194, that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Iowa. The legislation was drafted with the support of consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch and is strongly supported by many national and local organizations and individuals including food cooperatives, organic farmers, environmentalists and food justice proponents.

February 13, 2013
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Illinois Senate Introduces Legislation to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

Press Release: Today, Senator Dave Koehler introduced SB 1666, a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Illinois. The legislation was drafted with the support of consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch and is strongly supported by many national and local organizations and individuals including food cooperatives, organic farmers, environmentalists and food justice proponents.

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Natural Gas Holds No Key to Our Clean Energy Future

Media Statement: President Obama was right to proclaim the importance of speeding our transition to a clean energy future last night in his State of the Union Address, but natural gas has no place in that plan.

February 12, 2013
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135 National, State and Local Groups Tell Governor Cuomo to Stand Up for People, 
Not Pollution

On the eve of what could be a major decision in New York’s battle over whether to allow the process of hydraulic fracturing to take place in the state, 135 environmental, public health, faith and labor organizations ran a full-page advertisement in the Des Moines Register today reminding Governor Andrew Cuomo that his presidential aspirations may be affected by his actions on the controversial process.

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Consumers and Farmers Show USDA How to Stand Up for Country of Origin Labeling

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch released a legal memo that provides a roadmap for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stand up for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) on beef and pork in the face of challenges to these commonsense labels at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The memo was developed with consumer group Public Citizen and farmer groups National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association.

February 8, 2013
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Allowing Factory Fish Farms in the Gulf Will Replicate the Destructive Practices of Land-Based Industrial Food Production in Our Oceans

Statement: “With their decision to allow factory fish farming in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Fishery Management Council — the group that makes decisions about fish and fishing in the Gulf — have ignored the 2011 National Aquaculture Policy and the voices of tens of thousands of people opposed to exposing our oceans to the mass production of fish in overcrowded cages just offshore.

“Industrial scale production of agriculture has already wreaked havoc on land. Opening our oceans to this form of fish production would cause undue stress in the already vulnerable Gulf of Mexico. Allowing factory fish farming in the Gulf does not take into account the many additional factors, such as the BP oil spill, that have caused harm to Gulf waters.

“The implementation of the Council’s plan would allow inspections of fish farm facilities to be carried out by private companies that they hire, leaving the industry to police itself and contribute toward a culture of secrecy in an industry already lacking in transparency and one that shuns valuable public input. If this plan goes forward, this process may be used around the country to allow ocean fish farming in all U.S. waters.

“When factory farmed fish escape from their production facilities, they can alter wild fish behavior and the surrounding ecosystem and spread disease. Farmed fish also compete with wild fish for their food sources. An increase in factory fish farms can mean less food for marine wildlife. Factory fish farms typically use genetically modified soy to substitute for fishmeal or oil, which can have negative impacts on the marine environment.”

For more information on the potential dangers of factory fish farming, please visit: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/fish/fish-farming/

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