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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 957
June 22, 2012
“For the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (CSD) wrapping up today in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years has sadly not meant progress on critical environmental issues that affect our food and water and our communities that depend on vital common resources. In fact, the only sector that progressed at Rio+20 was the private sector. Corporations are more entrenched than ever before in the UN process.
“By our rough count in the final document that heads of state will consider today, the concept of the ‘public sector’ was mentioned 11 times in comparison to the ‘private sector,’ which was mentioned 20 times. Clearly, this is an indication of priorities. Conference organizers of UN-hosted events handed key panelist positions to Nestlé, Aquafed, Unilever, Dow Chemical and other major corporations, while Coca-Cola, Petrobras and others, put their sponsorship signage on tables, chairs and banners throughout the conference.
June 21, 2012
Media Statement: “Today, the U.S. Senate passed a farm bill that left the largest agribusiness and food processing companies firmly in control of America’s food system. The giant companies that buy crops and livestock and manufacture processed food, and grocery stores that sell to consumers, remain firmly in the driver’s seat under the Senate farm bill.
“There has been a complete lack of Senate leadership on the continued consolidation of the entire food and farm sector, which harms farmers and consumers. The few amendments that were offered to improve livestock markets –– Senator Grassley’s packer-ban and Senator Enzi’s livestock market reform amendment –– did not make the list for floor consideration.”
June 20, 2012
“The proposal of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2013 threatens our nation’s critical drinking and clean water resources by cutting the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds
June 15, 2012
During Green Economy Negotiations Leading Up To Rio+20, Prestigious Water Institute Aids Pepsi Bluewashing
As activists from around the globe are convening at the Rio +20 conference to protect our common resources from private interests, the Stockholm International Water Institute’s decision to award PepsiCo for water efficiency is a cruel irony.
June 5, 2012
Today, citizens around the country united in a national day of action, sending a message to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the critical issues global leaders will discuss when they meet later this month in Brazil for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference of Sustainable Development.
“Private interests have already been positioning themselves to profit from control of resources that should remain in the public realm,” said local Food & Water Watch Organizer Miranda Carter. “We want to send a strong message to Secretary Clinton that the key to successful, sustainable development throughout the world includes buy-in from local communities and serves the public interests, not just multinational corporations.”
Citizens united today in cities including Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., to tell the U.S. negotiators that nature and people should come before corporate profits. Participants created their own version of the MasterCard “priceless” ads outside the U.S. Department of State, calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to defend our water and food.
There were more than a dozen events hosted throughout the country, including an action outside of the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and outside the United Nations in New York.
June 2, 2012
The national debate surrounding hyrdraulic fracturing (fracking) took on new intensity today as a coalition of parents and consumer and environmental organizations convened here to protest the Encana Corporation’s plans to frack for natural gas near three local schools, as well as the state’s inadequate protection of its residents against the public health and environmental risks imposed by fracking.
May 30, 2012
Press Release: Today, the Longmont ballot issue committee Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont filed a notice of intent with the Longmont City Clerk to put a charter amendment on the November ballot to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within Longmont city limits. This controversial oil and gas drilling method threatens health and safety, erodes property values, and pollutes water and air when done in close proximity to densely populated areas.
May 24, 2012
The poultry industry, just one small part of our factory farm nation, has a massive waste problem. Today, national consumer group Food & Water Watch criticized the plans of poultry processing giant Perdue Agribusiness and Fibrowatt LLC to build a power plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that generates electricity from chicken manure.
May 22, 2012
Colorado Mothers Deliver 21,000 Petitions to Encana Headquarters and Invite Governor to Stand With Them to Stop Fracking Next to Elementary School
Press Release: With children wearing t-shirts reading “Don’t Frack My School,” families from the city of Erie were joined by the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch as they delivered over 21,000 petitions to Encana President Jeff Wojahn urging him to halt plans to frack a well located next to Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, Colo.
The petitions were collected by the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch in support of grassroots, parent-powered organization Erie Rising, which is fighting to stop Encana from fracking in their community. After delivering the petitions to Encana, members of Erie Rising and Food & Water Watch delivered to Governor Hickenlooper copies of the petitions along with a personal invitation to attend their June 2 rally to stop fracking in and near Erie’s backyards and schoolyards.
“Today, the state of Maryland became the first state in the nation to ban arsenical drugs in chicken production and took a significant step in addressing one of many issues associated with industrial agriculture.
“It is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing that this arsenic prohibition bill passed at all given the formidable opponents who fought for three years against removing the carcinogen from our food.
“Governor O’Malley’s cozy relationship with the poultry industry hasn’t helped, either. The poultry industry continues to push agricultural policy in Annapolis that pads their profits at the expense of Marylanders and the Chesapeake Bay—even though Maryland’s entire agricultural sector contributes only .35 % of the state’s GDP. We will continue to fight the industry’s attempts to block environmental regulations and reforms that would benefit the state’s farmers.”