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July 17, 2012

EPA Move to Withdraw Plans to Monitor CAFO’s a “Dereliction of Duty”

Media Statement: “The facilities, known as Concentrated Animal Feeing Operations, or CAFOs, are responsible for a multitude of environmental and public health impacts and make up part of an industry that is the single largest contributor of pollutants to our nation’s waterways. The failure to follow through with a 2011 proposal to gather even simple data like locations of the facilities, number of animals contained and proximity to waterways is clearly pandering to agribusiness during an election year.”

“Specifically, the EPA announced late last week it will not move ahead with a 2011 proposal to gather even simple data like locations of the facilities, number of animals contained and proximity to waterways.

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Cultivating Influence: The 2008 Farm Bill Lobbying Frenzy

Press Release: As Congress navigates its way through the 2012 Farm Bill process, Food & Water Watch today released a report that delineates the special interest lobbying efforts that shaped the 2008 Farm Bill. Food & Water Watch estimates that $173.5 million was spent by agribusinesses, commodity groups, food manufacturers and others to perpetuate policies that favor the largest food and agriculture industries. The public demand for broad-based reforms to the food system has been largely stymied by the special interest lobbying muscle that spent more than $500,000 a day during the 110th Congress.

The report, Cultivating Influence: 2008 The Farm Bill Lobbying Frenzy, finds that the 2008 Farm Bill was one of the most well-financed legislative fights of the past decade and breaks down the lobbying spending by more than 1,000 companies, trade associations and other groups.

July 12, 2012
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If Fracking is Too Dangerous for Nationwide Insurance, It’s Too Dangerous for Us All

Media Statement: “When a company with the scope of Nationwide Insurance determines that property with fracking is too risky and too dangerous to insure, political leaders considering the practice would be wise to take heed.”

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House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Fails Farmers and Consumers

Media Statement: “Late last night, the House Agriculture Committee passed a Farm Bill that slashes the food stamp safety net during an economic recession, dismantles programs supporting sustainable agriculture and fails to address the corporate control of America’s food system from seeds to supermarkets. The House Agriculture Committee bill further entrenches the corporate control of food and agriculture while curtailing or eliminating the few programs that encourage beginning farmers and ranchers and facilitate the transition to organic farming.”

July 2, 2012
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Ocean-Farmed Fish, Brought to You by Monsanto and Cargill

If proponents of soy in aquaculture alliance have it their way, soy will be used to feed fish in open ocean pens in federal waters, a move that would negatively impact the marine environment as well as the diets of both fish and consumers.

Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe’s new report, “Factory-Fed Fish: How the Soy Industry is Expanding Into the Sea,” shows how a collaboration between two of the most environmentally damaging industries on land and sea —the soy and open ocean aquaculture industries, respectively—could be devastating to ocean life and consumer health. And since much of the soy produced in the United States is genetically engineered (GE), consuming farmed fish would likely mean eating fish that are fed GE soy.

June 29, 2012
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WTO Appellate Decision on COOL Again Attacks Consumers’ Right to Know

Media Statement: Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) put the interests of international agribusinesses ahead of consumers when it again ruled that parts of the United States’ requirement for mandatory country-of-origin labeling of food is a violation of international trade law. This ruling is an assault on American democracy and undermines the ability of Congress to give consumers basic information about the source of the food in their kitchens. President Obama and the U.S. Congress must unequivocally reject the WTO COOL ruling and stand up for American consumers and farmers.

“Country-of-origin labels are overwhelmingly supported by consumers in the United States and worldwide. Governments everywhere are adopting country of origin labels to provide consumers with vital information they need to make informed choices about where their food is from and how it was produced.

June 27, 2012
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Over 300 Protesters Demand Kitzhaber Stop Nestlé’s Water Grab in the Gorge

Press Release: Over 300 Oregonians gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza in Southwest Portland yesterday to protest the development of a Nestlé Corporation water bottling facility in the Columbia River Gorge city of Cascade Locks. Protesters called on Governor Kitzhaber to stop a water exchange that would allow a state agency, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to give away publicly owned water so Nestlé can bottle and sell it.
The purpose of yesterday’s rally was to tell the Governor that no stance on this issue is unacceptable. Joining the hundreds of Oregonians at the rally was Terry Swier, a lead activist in a campaign famous for fighting Nestlé’s controversial water bottling practices in Michigan. Swier was featured in the documentaries Flow and Blue Gold.

June 22, 2012
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Food & Water Watch Files Appeal in Factory Fish Farming Case

“On behalf of its Hawaiian members, who include consumers, commercial and recreational fishermen and Native Hawaiians, advocacy group Food & Water Watch filed an appeal today in its case challenging the legality of Kona Blue Water Farms’ Velella aquaculture project in federal waters off of Hawai’i. This means that the federal district court’s decision allowing the permit will be reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Food & Water Watch strongly believes that aquaculture facilities should not be permitted in federal waters, especially when a regional fishery management council does not authorize them. We do not think this is what Congress contemplated when they enacted our nation’s fishing laws.

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The UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio Takes 20 Steps Back

“For the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (CSD) wrapping up today in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years has sadly not meant progress on critical environmental issues that affect our food and water and our communities that depend on vital common resources. In fact, the only sector that progressed at Rio+20 was the private sector. Corporations are more entrenched than ever before in the UN process.

“By our rough count in the final document that heads of state will consider today, the concept of the ‘public sector’ was mentioned 11 times in comparison to the ‘private sector,’ which was mentioned 20 times. Clearly, this is an indication of priorities. Conference organizers of UN-hosted events handed key panelist positions to Nestlé, Aquafed, Unilever, Dow Chemical and other major corporations, while Coca-Cola, Petrobras and others, put their sponsorship signage on tables, chairs and banners throughout the conference.

June 21, 2012
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Senate-Passed Farm Bill Misses the Mark on Improving Food System

Media Statement: “Today, the U.S. Senate passed a farm bill that left the largest agribusiness and food processing companies firmly in control of America’s food system. The giant companies that buy crops and livestock and manufacture processed food, and grocery stores that sell to consumers, remain firmly in the driver’s seat under the Senate farm bill.

“There has been a complete lack of Senate leadership on the continued consolidation of the entire food and farm sector, which harms farmers and consumers. The few amendments that were offered to improve livestock markets –– Senator Grassley’s packer-ban and Senator Enzi’s livestock market reform amendment –– did not make the list for floor consideration.”

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