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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 1021
December 21, 2012
FDA Moves towards Approval of First Genetically Engineered Food Animal Despite Strong Opposition and Questionable Research
Media statement: Today, despite insufficient testing and widespread opposition, AquaBounty’s genetically engineered (GE) salmon took the final step towards becoming the first FDA-approved genetically engineered (GE) food animal.
December 20, 2012
Press release: This week State Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe-25) pre-filed a proposed amendment to the New Mexico Food Act to require the labeling of genetically engineered food and feed.
Food & Water Watch is disappointed by the Court’s decision issued in the Perdue trial today in which the Judge declined to find Perdue liable for the significant levels of pollution coming from one of its contract poultry growing operations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
December 19, 2012
Press release: Today, the consumer group Food & Water Watch demanded that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice extend the antitrust review of the proposed merger between ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc.
December 18, 2012
California’s DOGGR “Pre-Rule Making Discussion Draft” Regulations Fail to Address Even the Most Basic Fracking Dangers
Media Statement: DOGGR proves that it has no intention to move beyond the lawless Wild West when it comes to fracking in our state, leaving us at the mercy of the oil and gas industry.
December 12, 2012
Consumer Group Urges President Obama to Select a NOAA Administrator Who Will Change Course on Catch Shares
Statement: “While National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)’s Jane Lubchenco has just announced her resignation, the credentials her successor should possess has already been in the forefront of our minds for some time. We hope that President Obama takes this opportunity to select a new administrator who recognizes how destructive catch shares programs have been to our nation’s fishermen and that he is prepared change course in the area of fisheries management.
“As administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Lubchenco’s catch shares programs have unfairly portioned out the privilege to catch fish, threatening the livelihoods of current and future generations of independent fishermen and the communities they support. NOOA’s new administrator should acknowledge that fish are a public resource to which our nation’s fishermen should have equal access and should not support a program that puts fishermen out of work as it has in some of our most critical port cities over the last few years.
“NOAA’s controversial catch shares programs, which are responsible for thousands of fishermen being pushed out of business, have failed to directly improve the sustainability of our fisheries. Masked as a solution to the problem of overfishing various species of fish, catch shares — an allotment or quota given to a fisherman, usually leased out for profit — grant fishing privileges to private, commercial interests, therefore presenting commercial operations a competitive advantage over smaller, independent fishing operations.”
December 7, 2012
Press Release: A coalition of local and national public interest organizations have asked a federal court for permission to participate in a legal action that will decide when Clean Water Act restrictions apply to the release of pollutants in animal manure into local waterways used for recreation, drinking and to support nearby communities. In the lawsuit, American Farm Bureau Federation and West Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) claim that a Clean Water Act permit is not required for discharges of animal waste from a large Hardy County poultry concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). The organizations, including Potomac Riverkeeper, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, and Waterkeeper Alliance, are seeking to ensure that the Farm Bureau-backed poultry CAFO cannot sidestep Clean Water Act standards. Today’s filing asks the Court to give the public interest organizations the same right to participate already given to the Farm Bureau.
The motion to intervene in the case was prompted by the CAFO’s refusal to comply with an EPA order directing it to obtain a Clean Water Act permit for its discharges of pollutants from animal manure generated at the facility. The CAFO houses 200,000 chickens and contains ditches that direct animal waste from the operation into a tributary of the South Branch of the Potomac River which is listed by the state as “impaired” because of algal blooms and the presence of fecal bacteria. Although the CAFO is not disputing that its waste is discharged into these waters, it sued the agency claiming that the discharges to local waterways are exempt from the Clean Water Act, rather than obtaining a permit. The motion to intervene seeks confirmation that no exemption applies here.
“The issue here is about more than one CAFO polluting one waterway,” said Brent Walls, Upper Potomac River Manager for Potomac Riverkeeper. “It’s about defining a way to preserve and protect the right of everyone to have clean rivers and streams, even when they’re near industrial agriculture.”
In response to yesterday’s report touting the “aggregate” economic benefits of liquefied natural gas exports – commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and conducted by NERA Economic Consulting – Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf released the following statement…
December 6, 2012
A group of over 100 public health, consumer, environmental and faith-based organizations announced today the launch of Americans Against Fracking, a national coalition dedicated to banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and drilling associated with fracking for oil and natural gas in the United States.
December 4, 2012
Press Release: In an issue brief released today by Food & Water Watch, the national consumer advocate highlights the importance of creating alternatives to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that do not facilitate the financialization of nature. The brief, And the Value of Nothing: Alternatives to Gross Domestic Product and the Financialization of Nature, explains that GDP was never intended to account for distribution of wealth, quality of natural resources and schools, and other factors that measure the overall health of a society.
“Relying on market-based schemes to protect the environment and fight climate change is misguided and it will have serious repercussions in the future,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “Consumers must be diligent in monitoring the decisions of policymakers who seek to financialize our public resources.”
While economists promote many alternatives to GDP, the most prominent alternatives attempt to impose market values on common resources, which would lead to their commodification. But these recommendations do not offer solutions to the problem of GDP; they merely extend its parameters to include our priceless resources. Pollution trading and water privatization are concrete examples of these misguided efforts to apply market mechanisms to environmental problems.
“The idea that you can correct the damage caused by the spread of markets by expanding markets even further is misguided,” said Mitch Jones, director of Common Resources at Food & Water Watch. “We shouldn’t try to counter neoliberalism with some sort of left neoliberalism.”
In the wake of a major economic crisis fueled by the deregulation of Wall Street and riddled with staggering unemployment statistics, state governments and economists have been pursuing alternative means to GDP. Unfortunately, many of these alternatives would aid aggressive efforts to financialize nature and profit from privatizing resources that should be managed by the public.