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April 9, 2014
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Consumer Group Calls on Federal Trade Commission to Block Albertsons-Safeway Merger

Press Release: The national consumer group Food & Water Watch released extensive comments highlighting the damaging effects of the proposed Albertsons-Safeway supermarket merger on consumers and farmers.

April 7, 2014
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For Food Safety’s Sake, Setting the Record Straight on Inspector Shortages

Media Statement: Food & Water Watch set the record straight on the shortages of inspection personnel being encountered by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

April 3, 2014
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MD Fracking Health Study Narrow, Hasty, and Underfunded Say Health Experts

Baltimore—Today, a commissioner from Governor Martin O’Malley’s Marcellus Shale Commission joined three leading medical advocacy groups at a press conference in Baltimore in critiquing the timeline and scope of a study on the possible health impacts of shale gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” that is scheduled for release in June.

Representatives from the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), Maryland Environment Health Network (MdEHN), Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY), Food and Water Watch and Ann Bristow warned that the study is poised to fall woefully short of meeting international standards and health study guidelines for protecting public health.

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Coloradoans Defeat Eminent Domain Bill; Colorado’s Version of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Media Statement: Coloradoans Defeat Eminent Domain Bill; Colorado’s Version of the Keystone XL Pipeline

April 2, 2014
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McCutcheon Decision Another Blow to Democracy and Our Essential Resources

Media Statement: “The Supreme Court continues to chop away at the basic laws protecting our democracy from becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of the corporations and wealthy individuals making campaign donations. The McCutcheon ruling shows that the decades-long crisis with money in politics—a serious problem accelerated by Citizens United—has just been turned up another notch.”

March 28, 2014
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California Farmers’ Petition Resubmitted to Governor Jerry Brown to Correct the Record

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch submitted an amended letter to California Governor Jerry Brown to reflect the removal of two farmers groups from the original fracking petition that has 140 farmers and farm groups supporting its goals.

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Farm, Ranch and Consumer Groups Applaud Federal Appeals Court COOL Ruling

Press Release: Four groups representing, farmers and ranchers, rural communities and consumers that joined the Federal Appeals case as amici curiae to defend mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) applauded today’s Federal Appeals Court ruling that denied a preliminary injunction against enforcing COOL.

March 26, 2014
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In Spite of Bird Flu Outbreak, USDA Approves South Korean Poultry Products

Press Release: Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a final rule that would grant equivalency status to the Republic of Korea so that it could begin to export poultry products to the U.S. (see). The rule becomes effective May 27, 2014.

March 18, 2014
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Cleveland Leads the Way, Passes Resolution Against Antibiotic Misuse on Factory Farms

Media Statement: Monday, March 17th the Cleveland City Council passed a resolution supporting a nationwide ban on the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

March 14, 2014

UK GM Report: Vested Interests Miss the Point

Press release: Brussels—“Food & Water Europe dismissed today’s United Kingdom report calling for more GM trials in the UK as “a chronically flawed effort from blinkered vested interests. The UK’s pro-GM government asked a group of GM scientists and lobbyists what we should do about GM food and crops. Since many of the scientists involved make money from GM, it’s no surprise they want more of it. But this situation begs the question: shouldn’t those advising the Government on GM be a bit more independent, or at least a little more distant from the profits?

“The report aims for a shift to U.S.-style regulation based on “substantial equivalence,” rather than the EU’s clear case-by-case precautionary evaluation of each GMO in turn. This attempt to portray GMOs as “just the same” also undermines the very labels that help EU consumers find, and roundly reject, GM products on supermarket shelves.

“The biggest problem with the report is that it misses the point—if industrial food production was going to end hunger, it would have done so by now. We need a much smarter approach to feeding ourselves, with more respect for what farmers do, a sentiment that was reflected in a report called Wake Up Before It’s Too Late, which the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development issued last year.

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