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December 12, 2014
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Governor O’Malley Opens Maryland to Fracking

Governor O’Malley’s regulations sent today to be published in the Maryland Register will open the state to the oil and gas industry and present Marylanders with huge risks to their health, water, air and communities. There is no such thing as safe fracking. Governor O’Malley’s decision to allow fracking in Maryland is particularly alarming given that pro-fracking Governor-elect Larry Hogan takes office in January.

December 10, 2014
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Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking on Public Lands

Representatives Pocan and Schakowsky Take the Strongest Federal Action to Date Against Fracking in the U.S. Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced a bill to ban fracking for oil and gas on federally owned, public lands with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09). This is the strongest federal bill against fracking introduced in Congress […]

December 2, 2014
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Coast-to-Coast Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Changes to Country of Origin Labels in Budget Battle

Today, a coalition of 207 farm, faith, environmental, labor, rural and consumer organizations delivered a letter to the Senate urging the legislators to reject any effort to repeal, rescind or weaken country of origin labeling (COOL) in any federal spending legislation.

November 25, 2014
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Governor O’Malley Caves to Oil and Gas Interests, Opens up Maryland to Fracking

“Governor Martin O’Malley’s announcement today that his administration will release regulations on fracking next month ignores the tens of thousands of Marylanders calling on him to keep fracking out of the state.

“The Maryland Governor, who touts himself as a progressive champion of the environment, cowardly announced right before the Thanksgiving holiday that Maryland will move forward with fracking. He leaves control of fracking’s regulation in the hands of pro-fracking Governor-elect Larry Hogan, someone who sees fracking as a “goldmine” for the state’s coffers. The fact that O’Malley is praising Maryland’s fracking rules as the strictest in the country means nothing considering Hogan will likely change the rules or dismantle them completely.”

“O’Malley said that, “Maryland can’t afford to stick its head in the sand here,” but it is the Governor, himself, who is turning a blind eye to the mountain of scientific evidence showing fracking cannot be safely regulated. Given Governor O’Malley’s failure to adequately protect Marylanders from the harms of fracking, it is now incumbent upon the incoming Maryland legislature to keep fracking out of the state.”

November 24, 2014

FSIS Officials Supported Immigration Reform for Chinese Poultry in 2006

Documents inadvertently released by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week reveal that there is conclusive evidence that USDA was very close to approving the importation of Chinese poultry raised and slaughtered in that country in 2006.

November 20, 2014
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Newly Released Documents Reveal Collusion Between FDA and Pfizer on Arsenic-Based Animal Feed

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) colluded with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to downplay the results of a study that links inorganic arsenic, a human carcinogen, to the U.S. food supply.

November 19, 2014
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Lawsuit Filed Against Governor Kasich and ODNR Over Radioactive Fracking Waste

Today, a lawsuit was filed in Franklin County court against Governor Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) for the illegal approval of at least 23 fracking waste facilities. Fresh Water Accountability Project (FWAP) and Food & Water Watch (F&WW) brought the suit.

Documents Reveal AquaBounty’s Irresponsible Management Prior to Fines for Environmental Violations on GE Salmon

Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth again called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny AquaBounty Technologies’ (LON: ABTX) regulatory application for genetically engineered (GE) salmon, as new evidence from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the company previously handed over responsibility for most safety dimensions of its Panamanian facility—including regulatory compliance and security of the operation—to an independent contractor. News of this grossly irresponsible management decision follows recent revelations that AquaBounty admitted breaching numerous environmental laws at its experimental production facility for GE salmon in Panama.

Documents AquaBounty submitted to the SEC, part of the biotech company’s bid to join the NASDAQ Stock Market, indicate that in 2013 AquaBounty handed over management of its Panamanian facility to an independent grower, whose death this summer apparently left the facility in a precarious state for several weeks before the company negotiated a new lease with new operators.

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Advocates Urge Congressional Appropriations Leaders to Protect Child Nutrition Programs from Chinese Poultry Imports

Groups urged Senate and House to include a provision in the final FY 2015 funding bill for USDA that would prohibit the department from purchasing any food product that contains processed poultry from the People’s Republic of China for various nutrition programs USDA administers.

November 14, 2014
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McDonald’s Rejects GMO Potatoes, Other Fast Food Chains Should Follow Suit

Media Statement: “This week McDonalds, one of the largest fast food chains on the planet, told an agriculture news service that it would not use the J.R. Simplot Company’s Innate GMO potato.

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