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Mark Bittman

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April 25, 2013
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Shale Commission Report Cites Dangers, But Presumes Fracking Inevitable in Maryland

Press Release: Americans Against Fracking and 24 national, state, and local groups representing public health, consumers and the environment, submitted a letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, expressing serious concerns about the push to approve fracking in the state. The groups cited the findings of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s (MSAC’s) draft report on fracking, which warns that fracking could have significant negative impacts in Maryland, yet presumes it is inevitable and should be regulated rather than prohibited in Maryland.

April 24, 2013

Federal GE Food Labeling Bill A Win for Consumers

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
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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
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Maryland Governor’s Study on Fracking Confirms Opponents’ Concerns

“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
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National Organic Standards Board Decision a Victory for Organics, Preservation of Antibiotics

Media Statement: The decision is a victory for the organic standard and advances efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

April 10, 2013
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Obama Administration Caves to Poultry Industry By Proceeding With Privatized Inspection

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
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Secretary of Energy or Oil and Gas Industry Puppet? 


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.

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More than 35,000 Consumers and Farmers Urge USDA to Protect Country-of-Origin Labels

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
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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.

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