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April 24, 2013
Media Statement: We applaud Senators Boxer and DeFazio for standing up to the pressure of the agrochemical industry and listening to the groundswell of grassroots support to label genetically engineered food by introducing their bipartisan legislation today.
After Right-to-Know Appeal from Food & Water Watch, Allentown Ordered to Reveal Details of Secretive Water Leasing Plan
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR) has issued a determination compelling the City of Allentown to make public critical details of the bidding process in its controversial plan to lease the city’s water and sewer systems. Food & Water Watch, the consumer group that filed the Right-to-Know appeal with the state, is calling on the Allentown City Council to refrain from voting on the plan before the facts of the bidding process are finally brought to light by Mayor Pawlowski’s administration.
April 17, 2013
25 Groups and Over 90 Medical and Health Professionals Submit Letter Calling for Comprehensive Fracking Study
Over 90 medical professionals and representatives of over 25 consumer, health and environmental advocacy organizations submitted a letter today to members of the North Carolina General Assembly expressing concern over the Council’s efforts to approve fracking without having completed a comprehensive study on its potential public health impacts. The letter, submitted today by representatives of several groups shortly before holding a press conference, points out that in other states where fracking activities are occurring, communities have seen well leaks, explosions, spills and water and air contamination, all of which impact public and environmental health. The groups cited the concerns of several agencies, aiming to demonstrate to the General Assembly that there is currently insufficient data regarding the long-term effect associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking, and that they should conduct a critical assessment of the process.
April 16, 2013
“Food & Water Watch is alarmed by the recently released findings of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Comission, the first full comprehensive analysis of fracking in Maryland. The report, released by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science—and commissioned by Governor Martin O’Malley—was discussed in detail at a hearing yesterday and confirmed the fears and concerns of fracking opponents: that fracking is inherently unsafe and that negative impacts from fracking are guaranteed.
“Now that Governor O’Malley has seen the huge red flags that this study and the commission he created are raising, we hope that he will recognize the high risks associated with fracking and abandon his plan to open up Maryland to this dangerous process.
April 11, 2013
Media Statement: The decision is a victory for the organic standard and advances efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.
April 10, 2013
Media Statement: The Obama Administration’s proposed cuts to the FY 2014 budget for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) pave the way for an ill-conceived proposal to remove government inspectors from slaughter facilities and turn over their responsibilities to company-paid employees.
April 9, 2013
Press Release: As the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee conducts confirmation hearings to fill the position of Secretary of Energy, Americans Against Fracking, a broad-based coalition of public health, consumer, labor and environmental groups, today sent the committee a letter urging it to reject Dr. Ernest Moniz’s nomination.
Press Release: Consumers and farmers overwhelmingly support strengthened Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) rules, as demonstrated by more than 35,600 petition signatures sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture demanding that the integrity of COOL be protected in the face of World Trade Organization (WTO) scrutiny.
April 8, 2013
Consumers Unions, Food & Water Watch, The Center for Food Safety Urge National Organic Standards Board to Discontinue Use of Apple, Pear Production
Press Release: Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, Food & Water Watch, and the Center for Food Safety are urging the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discontinue the use of antibiotics in organic apple and pear production, citing the potential undermining of the integrity of the organic label and threats to public health and consumer expectations.
April 4, 2013
Group Asks NC Attorney General to Investigate Possible Conflicts of Interest Behind NC’s Rush to Frack
Press Release: Some of North Carolina’s State legislators have been rather hurried in their efforts to open up North Carolina to drilling and fracking for natural gas, leading many residents to wonder why. Today, Food & Water Watch submitted a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper that outlines serious conflicts of interest and a “pattern of political patronage” among public officials in the Governor’s administration, on the Mining and Energy Commission, and in the General Assembly. The letter calls on Attorney General Cooper to investigate the conflicts of interests presented by the financial ties of prominent figures pushing fracking in North Carolina.