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November 2, 2012
Press Release: Marisa Tomei, James Franco, Stacy Keibler, Minnie Driver, Brett Ratner, Trevor Plouffe, Tony Goldwyn, James Van Der Beek, Lisa Bonet, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eloise Mumford, China Chow, Molly Ringwald and More in a New Series of Ads to Make Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Mandatory in California
“It is unconscionable that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would purposely withhold information about the effects of fracking and drilling for natural gas on local water supplies. This latest development, combined with the fact that the DEP is allowing fracking to occur just one mile from Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station shows that it is more concerned with protecting the interests of the oil and gas industry than the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians.
Rural Communities Pay Price for Consolidation, Globalization in California’s Processed Fruit & Vegetable Sector
California’s processed fruit and vegetable industry shrank dramatically after 1992 as a raft of new international trade deals and consolidation swept the industry. A new report released today by consumer group Food & Water Watch documents that California farmers who sold fruits and vegetables to canneries and freezing plants in the decades following had fewer buyers, and that the prices they received fell dramatically as imported processed produce — often from the same companies that formerly owned plants in California — competed head-to-head with domestic production.
Organic food has become big business and the largest food manufacturers have rapidly taken over the organic food sector, sweeping formerly independent businesses into large food conglomerates. An analysis released today by the national consumer group Food & Water Watch found that the farmers who grow organic crops and raise organic livestock now face the same forces of corporate consolidation that dominate the conventional food industry, with a declining number of buyers putting downward pressure on the prices farmers receive.
Iowa produces more pigs than any other state in the country. In years past, hog farming and pork processing boosted Iowa’s rural economies. But as the pork packing industry consolidated, the economic benefits of the hog sector shifted from rural Iowa to Wall Street. Today, growth in the consolidated hog industry has become a mechanism for draining value from, not adding to, Iowa’s rural economies.
Press Release: A new analysis from the national consumer group Food & Water Watch found that farms on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which are dedicated mostly to poultry production, would have earned $137 million more in 2007 if they had cultivated the same proportion of fruits and vegetables as they did in 1940. The report, The Economic Cost of Food Monopolies, examines the economic potential for the region if large-scale poultry production were not the exclusive agricultural engine.
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch released an analysis that found that New York dairy farmers – and their rural neighbors – were harmed as consolidation in the milk processing and handling industry increased. Between 1982 and 2007, New York lost 64.6 percent of its dairy farms in 24 rural, upstate counties as the number of milk processing companies and milk handlers grew fewer in number but larger in size.
October 25, 2012
To Counteract Deceptive Ads by Prop 37 Foes, Health and Consumer Advocates Use Humor, Celebrities to Get Out the Vote
Press Release: Consumer Advocates for Safe Food and Water’s series of PSAs has received nearly 250,000 online views combined since launching on Oct. 15. The overwhelmingly positive response led to a generous outpouring of individual donations to help expand the videos’ reach further.
October 22, 2012
Media Statement: “Today, the oil and gas industry announced the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, its latest effort to promote fracking for fracking’s sake. The Center will lobby for federal approval of facilities to export liquefied natural gas. Such approval would allow the industry to maximize its profits by selling fracked gas overseas to India, China and other nations.
October 18, 2012
Statement: “Today, clean water advocates are marking the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a critical piece of legislation Congress created to protect our public waterways from industrial and chemical pollution. While the Clean Water Act is supposed to help the nation achieve the ultimate goal of completely eliminating all pollution into public waterways, it is currently being undermined by the same financial interests responsible for the housing crisis. As we celebrate 40 years of the Clean Water Act, we are simultaneously defending it from the biggest attack in its 40-year history.”