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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 976
August 28, 2012
Press Release: Just days after the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board refused to investigate Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter for conflict of interest violations, newly released documents reveal that he attempted to use a partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) to get U.S. government funding to establish his controversial agribusiness project in Tanzania.
Working with ISU faculty, Rastetter’s company AgriSol applied in 2011 for more than $7 million in taxpayer dollars as part of an international food aid program run by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA).
August 24, 2012
Media Statement: Since 2007, thousands of American dogs have fallen ill or died after eating jerky treats made in China. In the past of couple days, it has come to light that Chinese government officials overseeing the factories that make the questionable treats refused to allow U.S. inspectors to collect samples for independent analysis.
While this lack of cooperation shows an unfortunate disregard for health and safety on behalf of the Chinese government, it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who has shirked its responsibility to keep U.S. citizens and their pets safe and it’s the FDA who must step up and block these potentially deadly treats from harming more animals.
August 22, 2012
Following its disastrous foray into the housing market, Wall Street’s latest earnings scheme is as close as your kitchen sink: the finance industry is increasingly targeting public water systems.
August 21, 2012
Johnson and Johnson’s Plans Phase out of Triclosan Commendable, But Federal Government Should Act to Ban Chemical from All Consumer Products
Media Statement: Johnson & Johnson’s announcement of its plans to phase triclosan out of its consumer products is a major step towards protecting the public and the environment from this risky, often unnecessary chemical. The company has done the smart thing in modifying its product offering to respond to concerns over the chemical, and the step is a victory in the fight against triclosan. But the Food & Drug Administration still needs to address the use of triclosan in non-medical settings, because until they ban the chemical, consumers and the environment will still be at risk.
August 9, 2012
Media Statement: “Nothing shows the dangerous connection between drought and fracking more than the study released by the journal Nature this week, which shows groundwater demand is exceeding supply, particularly in agricultural zones. Not only is the oil and gas industry turning our rural areas into sacrifice zones, it is also diverting water that is needed to grow food.
August 8, 2012
Food & Water Watch and Former BP Contractor Turned Whistleblower Notify Court of BP’s Failure to Disclose Information Critical to Atlantis Lawsuit
What could be so wrong with BP’s Atlantis oil and gas facility that the company is willing to sacrifice profits and many thousands of barrels of oil a day to shut it down? This question lies at the heart of a letter filed this week by Kenneth Abbott and Food & Water Watch regarding repairs to the facility’s subsea structure in the second quarter of 2012.
August 7, 2012
California: Governor’s Tunnels Project Expected to Cost Between $20 and $47 billion, Raise Water Rates for L.A. Customers
Press Release: An economic analysis released today shows that Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) customers could be on the line for $2,003 to $9,182 per customer to pay for the 37-mile Peripheral Tunnels project announced by Governor Jerry Brown at the end of July. The consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch today released the analysis they commissioned from ECONorthwest, one of oldest independent economic consulting firms on the Pacific Coast.
August 2, 2012
Media Statement: With U.S. clean water systems requiring some $187.9 billion over the next 20 years, and federal funding for these essential systems falling behind, we applaud Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) for introducing the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act. Food & Water Watch has advocated for this vital legislation for over six years.
July 25, 2012
Washington, D.C. — Today, Food & Water Watch and Delegate Shane Robinson (D-39) announced new legislation that would push for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. With the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reporting new sources of untapped shale in Central and Southern Maryland—in addition to the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland—fracking is fast becoming an issue of concern across the state.
“The oil and gas industry now has its sights set on turning Maryland into a sacrifice zone for a mere five years’ worth of shale gas,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The industry has managed to evade taxes, sidestep disclosure of the type of chemicals they use, and shirk their responsibility for providing water to communities whose water they’ve contaminated. It’s time for a ban on fracking in Maryland before it can damage communities like it has in Pennsylvania.”
July 20, 2012
Media Statement: The recent news that American Carbon Registry approved a new methodology for estimating nitrous oxide (N20) emissions from fertilizer application in agriculture renews our concern that California is considering allowing agricultural offsets in its carbon cap-and-trade program. Allowing these offsets would make an already risky program even worse for the residents of California.