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September 21, 2009
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch launched the “Frugal Fish” recipe contest, a challenge to savvy cooks to create a seafood dinner for four people that costs $25 or less, using fish recommended in Food & Water Watch’s Smart Seafood Guide. Contest entries will be judged by Chef Rocky Barnette and Food & Water Watch staff, and one grand-prize winner will receive $250. Food & Water Watch’s Fish Program promotes safer and more sustainable seafood that is healthier for consumers and our environment; the “Frugal Fish” contest adds some friendly competition in cooking up fish creatively.
September 17, 2009
Press Statement: Earlier this month, British Petroleum (BP) announced the discovery of a giant oil field 250 miles southeast of Houston. This may come as good news to BP, but it’s a nightmare to conservationists and fishermen given BP’s performance and recent history in the Gulf of Mexico. During Hurricane Dennis, BP’s Thunder Horse oil platform nearly capsized there due to an incorrectly installed valve. Further investigation revealed that several of the welds had failed on several critical components. This kind of oversight is especially troubling owing to recent allegations from a whistleblower that BP violated federal laws by failing to submit the proper final drawings and designs for the world’s largest floating offshore platform, BP Atlantis, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Minerals Management Service (MMS), the federal agency that oversees offshore energy production, which should have caught BP’s failure to submit proper documents, also acknowledges reports of oil leaking from undersea manifolds and the needed replacement of flow lines. BP Atlantis has only been operating since October 2007.
September 16, 2009
Press Release: Last week, a bill that would declare the human right to water as a policy of the state of California passed out of the state legislature. Authored by Assembly Member Ira Ruskin (D- Redwood City) and co-sponsored by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, Assembly Bill 1242 would add language to the California Water Code guaranteeing all people in the state the right to clean, safe, affordable water. It will also allow the State to coordinate the activities of all the agencies involved in water policy, including the departments of Public Health and Water Resources, in order to make water supply and delivery decisions with this need in mind.
September 15, 2009
Food & Water Watch Hands Petition to Members of Congress Calling for Continued Ban on Chinese Chicken
Press Release: Food & Water Watch today handed a petition containing over 17,000 signatures from all 50 states to members of Congress and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), calling for the continued ban on processed poultry imports from China. The petition was delivered to Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Mark L. Pryor (D-AR), and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Kohl and DeLauro are co-chairs of the joint House-Senate conference committee that is considering the ban.
September 12, 2009
Public Backlash Against Triclosan Builds Momentum as Many Participate in Food & Water Watch's Wash Your Hands of Triclosan Drop-Off
Press Release: Consumers in Washington, D.C. today took steps to rid their homes of a dangerous chemical when they participated in Food & Water Watch’s Wash Your Hands of Triclosan Drop-Off. The national consumer advocacy group collected personal care products containing the pesticide triclosan at the Whole Foods in Logan Circle, and later brought them to the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station, the local Department of Public Works-approved hazardous waste collection facility for proper disposal.
September 11, 2009
Press Statement: “This week, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife held an oversight hearing in an effort to show that ocean fishing farming — the mass production of fish in floating cages or pens in open ocean waters — would be a viable and valuable industry for the U.S. if national standards are set.
Press Release: Food & Water Watch and the McCloud Watershed Council achieved a major victory today when Nestle Waters of North America announced it would withdraw its proposal to build a bottling facility in McCloud, Calif. The news came after 6 years of intense public debate regarding the plant and its potential impact on water resources in the area. At one point the deal would have allowed Nestle to pump up to 200 million gallons of water from nearby Mt. Shasta springs- enough water for 614 typical U.S. families.
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter hosted the premier screening of the documentary film No Impact Man at the Angelika Film Center in New York, NY. The event marked the launch of the consumer advocacy organization’s joint effort with author Colin Beaven to promote the need for safe food and clean water resources. Following the film Hauter spoke with the audience about the social and environmental impacts of consumer food and water choices.
Press Release: New legal analysis in papers filed today in the Appellate Division for the New Jersey Superior Court by Food & Water Watch demonstrate that denying citizens of Trenton the right to vote on the sale of the city’s water utility to the private corporation American Water undermines fundamental principles in state law guaranteeing that water resources are economically and prudently managed for the benefit of the public. The “amicus curiae” or “friend of the court” brief filed by the consumer advocacy group further supports a citizen’s movement in Trenton to require a referendum to determine the fate of the water system there.
September 10, 2009
Private produce safety rules burden smaller-scale, diversified farms, threaten conservation, lack transparency, new report finds
Press Release: Private industry food safety protocols for produce farmers are not based on independent science and are biased against smaller-scale, diversified farms and those using sustainable production methods, finds a new report issued today by Food & Water Watch and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. “Bridging the GAPs: Strategies to Improve Produce Safety, Preserve Farm Diversity and Strengthen Local Food Systems,” by Elanor Starmer and Marie Kulick, analyzes common, non-regulatory food safety protocols for produce growers including, the federal Good Agriculture Practices, the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, industry “super metrics,” and international food safety protocols.