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Press Releases Found: 987
May 23, 2013

USDA COOL Rule Stands up for U.S. Consumers and Producers

Media Statement: Food & Water Watch commends USDA for listening to tens of thousands of consumers and hundreds of farm, consumer, rural, faith, food and environmental groups and releasing a final rule on country origin labeling (COOL) that makes sensible changes to the labeling requirements for meat.

May 16, 2013
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Electric Utilities Top List of U.S. Toxic Water Polluters

Press Release: The Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, Ferro Corporation, American Electric Power, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Southern Company top the list of the most hazardous polluters of U.S. surface water, according to a report released today by the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch and the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (PERI).

May 15, 2013
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USDA Inspector General Reveals Food Safety Breakdowns At Hog Plants Using Privatized Inspection Model

Press Release: USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found major problems with the food safety record of plants participating in an inspection pilot program where most of the inspection responsibilities are turned over to company-paid employees.

May 14, 2013

Biotech Ambassadors: Diplomacy or Marketing?

Press Release: Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda examines more than 900 State Department diplomatic cables from 2005 to 2009 and details how the U.S. State Department lobbies foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operates a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology and challenges commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules — including opposing genetically engineered (GE) food labeling laws.

May 13, 2013
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Food & Water Watch Sues FDA for Concealing Records on Arsenic in Poultry Feed

Press Release: Today the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch announced that it sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying that the agency has unlawfully ignored a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records related to arsenic-based drugs known as “arsenicals” that are added to poultry feed.

May 6, 2013
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Why is President Obama Capitulating to Big Oil and Gas?

Media Statement: “President Obama’s comments that he supports accelerating liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports is great news for the oil and gas industry and bad news for the rest of us.

May 3, 2013
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Illinoisans Firmly Reject Bill That Would Allow Fracking in Illinois

Press Release: A coalition of grassroots organizations including Americans Against Fracking, Illinois People’s Action and Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) have urged Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan to reject a bill pending in the state legislature that would lay legal groundwork for the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to take place in the state and instead pass a moratorium on the controversial energy extraction process.

May 2, 2013

GE Salmon Falls Short on Growth Promise; FDA Falls Short on Sound Science

Press Release: Food & Water Watch joined nearly 1.5 million consumers last Friday in submitting federal comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on GE salmon. In their public comment to the FDA, Food & Water Watch cited dozens of inadequacies in the agency’s risk assessment, highlighting the FDA’s failure to meaningfully examine growth rates of GE salmon, which purportedly grows twice as fast as conventional salmon. All of the available evidence strongly suggests that GE salmon—whose trade name is AquAdvantage salmon—offers no growth-rate advantage over conventional salmon already in commercial production.

“The debate in Washington over GE salmon isn’t cold, hard science versus irrational consumers,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “It’s cold-hard science versus the biotechnology industry and its hype. If GE salmon really can grow fast, let’s see the science behind it.”

April 30, 2013
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Three Fracking Moratorium Bills Win Key Vote in California Legislature

Press Release: Three bills that would halt fracking in California won key votes last night, passing the Assembly Natural Resources Committee despite intense pressure from the oil industry. Richard Bloom’s A.B. 1301, Holly Mitchell’s A.B. 1323 and Adrin Nazarian’s A.B. 649 would place a moratorium on fracking while threats posed by the controversial practice to California’s environment and public health are studied.

April 25, 2013
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Dartmouth College Wins First Ever Tap-a-Palooza Contest

With 719 students pledging to switch from bottled water to tap water, the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch today announced that Dartmouth College is the winner of the first ever Tap-a-palooza contest.

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