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September 25, 2013
New analysis released today by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch shows that oil and gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is associated with increased incidence of traffic accidents, disorderly conduct arrests and sexually transmitted infections in rural communities
September 24, 2013
Media Statement: “The recent USDA decision to allow processed chicken imports from China, coupled with news of the Smithfield-Shuanghui merger approval by shareholders and a federal review commission, shows that U.S. regulators are paving the way for meat imported from China—a country with a terrible food safety record.”
September 17, 2013
Media Statement: In a move decried by consumer and environmental groups as severely weakening the meaning of the organic label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that the agency had changed the process for exempting otherwise prohibited substances (such as synthetics) in food that carries the “organic” or “made with organic” label.
Press Release: This morning, national consumer advocacy organizations, led by Food & Water Watch, Consumers Union and Organic Consumers Association, and hundreds of people, gathered downtown for a hearing called by Illinois Senator Dave Koehler, chair of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee, to debate the merits of SB1666, a bill that would require all foods containing over 1 percent genetically engineered (GE) ingredients to be labeled.
September 16, 2013
Media Statement: We welcome the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations regarding antibiotics in factory farms released today in its report. The link between sub-therapeutic use in food animals and antibiotic-resistance in humans is clear, and we must follow through on the Center’s recommendations to stop the misuse of antibiotics in farm animals.
September 13, 2013
“It is widely known that phosphorous pollution from manure applied to farmland is a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Phosphorous pollution creates algae blooms that consume oxygen and create “dead zones” where fish and shellfish cannot survive, block sunlight that is needed for underwater Bay grasses and smother aquatic life on the floor of the Bay.
“EPA statistics reveal that agriculture alone contributes 42 percent of the phosphorous pollution in the Bay; manure accounts for 37 percent of the loads of phosphorus to the waterway. This isn’t surprising since there are over 304 million chickens raised in Maryland that produce 1.3 billion pounds of waste annually, much of which gets dumped untreated onto fields, where it can leach into groundwater or run-off into the Bay.
“Farmland in the Lower Eastern Shore, where the chicken industry is most active, is already saturated with phosphorus. According to researchers, up to 80 percent of the fields sampled on the Lower Eastern Shore contain so much phosphorus that they simply can’t absorb anymore. Worse yet, a recent study suggests that even if phosphorous application were stopped today, it would take decades to reduce phosphorous levels in soils sufficient to protect our waterways.
September 12, 2013
Media Statement: “Today’s introduction of Senator Gillibrand’s Safe Meat and Poultry Act of 2013 is welcome news for consumers. Senator Gillibrand’s bill would correct a long list of loopholes in the meat and poultry inspection program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that have been putting public health at risk.
Press Release: State and national groups concerned by Governor O’Malley’s imminent plans to begin drafting fracking regulations launched the Marylanders Against Fracking coalition today to call on the governor to cease any further work to allow fracking in the state.
September 11, 2013
Members of Californians Against Fracking respond as SB 4 heads to Senate for Concurrence Sacramento, Calif.— Senate Bill 4, which undermines existing environmental law and leaves Californians unprotected from fracking and other dangerous and extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques, passed the California Assembly today and will likely head to Governor Brown’s desk after a concurrent [...]
September 9, 2013
Press Release: Following Friday’s adoption of anti-environmental amendments to Senate Bill 4, the only remaining bill in the California legislature addressing hydraulic fracturing (fracking), major environmental, consumer and progressive groups including Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, MoveOn.org Civic Action, CREDO, Friends of the Earth, and the Center for Biological Diversity are calling on Senator Pavley to withdraw the bill.