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October 24, 2008
Gulf Council Ignores Overwhelming Public Opposition to Push Through A Bad Plan for Commercial-Scale Fish Farming
Press Release: Food & Water Watch is calling on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to protect fishing, ocean resources and coastal communities rather than promote personal interests. At its meeting from October 27-30, 2008 in Mobile, Alabama, the Gulf Council, an advisory body to the federal government that helps create regional fishing regulations, is scheduled to approve a plan that would permit ocean fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico.
October 21, 2008
Press Release: Press Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: Three weeks after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall notice for the melamine-contaminated product Koala‚ March cookies that had been imported from China, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally issued a nationwide recall of Koala’s March brand cookies here in the United States. Unfortunately, the agency‚ action is too little, too late and proves once again that consumers cannot trust FDA‚ credibility when it comes to food safety.
October 16, 2008
Press Release: Just two weeks after the Food and Drug Administration set ‚acceptable” levels for melamine in food instead of issuing a complete ban on Chinese milk-containing products, the Alabama Department of Agriculture announced that Koala‚ March brand cookies have tested positive for melamine with levels that exceed FDA‚ safe levels of exposure.
October 15, 2008
Press Release: Ten popular U.S. bottled water brands contain mixtures of 38 different pollutants, including bacteria, fertilizer, Tylenol and industrial chemicals, some at levels no better than tap water, according to laboratory tests recently conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
‚For years the bottled water industry has marketed their product with the message that it is somehow safer or purer than tap water,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the non-profit consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. ‚This new report provides even more evidence that the purity of bottled water is nothing more than a myth propagated to trick consumers into paying thousands times more for a product than what it is actually worth.”
October 14, 2008
Privatization No Cure-All for Infrastructure Woes: Repairing U.S Water Systems Could Boost Employment, Help Ravaged Economy
Press release: The network of pipes that delivers water to U.S consumers spans 1.5 million miles, roughly the distance of three trips from Earth to the moon and back. They deliver this essential resource to more than 300 million citizens as they work, play and raise families. Yet much of this infrastructure is over 100 years old and in serious need of repair. Aging water and sewer pipes lead to myriad social and environmental problems, such as interruptions in water service, sewage overflows and polluted waterways. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate is running at its highest in five years and the nation‚ economy is wilting from the effects of bad mortgages, drooping consumer confidence and the Federal government‚ bailout of Wall Street‚ teetering financial giants. Yet, analysis by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that one billion dollars in federal infrastructure investment would create 47,500 jobs, $1.3 billion in worker income, prompting $6.1 billion in overall activity.
October 3, 2008
Press Release: Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director: Today, the Food and Drug Administration condoned the intentional adulteration of food with melamine by issuing a risk assessment for the industrial chemical that was added to milk and milk-based ingredients produced in China.
October 2, 2008
Local Activists, Our Santa Fe River and Food & Water Watch Halt Attempt to Privatize Gilchrist County Water as County Commission Denies “Special Use” Permit for New Water Extraction Facility
Press Release: Over 200 residents from Gilchrist, Alachua, Columbia and Suwannee Counties came out on Tuesday to demonstrate their opposition to a proposed bottling facility along the Santa Fe River. After six hours of public testimony the County Commission voted 4-1 to deny a “special use” permit to allow Blue Springs Properties Inc. to extract water from a spring on the river. The new bottling facility would have pumped a minimum 500,000 gallons of water a day. Coca-Cola already operates a facility 5,000 feet from the proposed site that can pump up to 1.2 million gallons of water a day.
Press Release: Statement of Food & Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: Food & Water Watch applauds and strongly supports Representative Young‚ introduction of legislation that would prevent the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) and other Department of Interior agencies from approving currently pending rules to open federal ocean waters to industrial fish farming.
October 1, 2008
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, kicked off a month-long celebration of safe and healthy seafood, joining forces with chefs across the country to promote sustainable fish choices. To raise awareness about cleaner, greener, safer seafood, the organization released a wallet-sized recommendation card , the Smart Seafood Guide – that will help consumers and chefs make better choices about the types of fish they eat and serve.
September 30, 2008
Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes AB 2275: Statement From Food & Water Watch California Director Mark Scholsberg
Press Release: “At a time when the state of California is facing growing water shortages, we are disappointed with the Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision to veto AB 2275. With water rationing taking place in many communities, Californians should have a right to know how much of our precious water resources are being extracted by bottling companies. Bottled water threatens local water resources and has devastating environmental impacts. The legislature supported AB 2275 by a large margin and we hope that next year the Governor will share our view that the water issues this bill addresses are indeed high priority issues for California.”