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September 5, 2012
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The Fight Over Catch Shares Goes to the First Circuit Court of Appeals

Media Statement: “On September 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Amendment 16, which created a federal catch share program for a number of very important fish populations including cod, haddock, and pollock, caught in the waters off of the east coast of the United States. Food & Water Watch, a national consumer group that advocates for sustainable seafood, is an “amicus curiae” or “friend of the court” for this case because of its direct impact on the way the entire nation gets its seafood.

“Food & Water Watch, believes this program has spurred massive consolidation of the fishing industry, granting preference to industrial-scale fishing operations that utilize environmentally destructive fishing practices over smaller-scale operations.
In its rush to push the program, the government also violated the law by ignoring that the program could only be implemented if approved by fishermen in a referendum. It also failed to adequately analyze the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the catch share program.

August 30, 2012
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Consumers Ask FDA Commissioner to Do More to Protect Pets From Questionable Chinese Dog Treats

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, along with pet food safety advocates Mollie Morrissette and Susan Thixton, delivered a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to demand that the FDA take stronger actions to prevent further pet illnesses and to inform consumers of the safety issues related to these products. In addition, Food & Water Watch will drop off a petition signed by nearly 18,000 consumers to the FDA on Friday, Aug. 31.

August 28, 2012

Rastetter Tried to Use Taxpayer Funding for Tanzanian Land Grab

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

FDA’s Failure to Protect Pets From Potentially Toxic Treats from China is Unacceptable

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

First Our Homes, Now Our Water?

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
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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
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Nature Study on Diminishing Groundwater Resources Another Reason to Ban Fracking

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
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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
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Food & Water Watch Applauds Introduction of Federal Trust Fund for Clean Water Infrastructure

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.

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