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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 961
April 27, 2009
Press Release: Today, amid increasing international concern about the global swine flu outbreak, Food & Water Watch urged leaders of the U.S. Senate and House agriculture and health committees to investigate the serious human health problems caused by industrialized pork production.
April 24, 2009
Press Statement: ‚Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius made a strong stand for consumers yesterday by vetoing a milk labeling bill that would have taken away consumers right to know how their milk is produced. Had the governor not vetoed the bill, dairy farmers who do not use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) would have had trouble labeling their milk as such.”
April 23, 2009
Washington, D.C.–While the efforts of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) set forth in the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 are well-intended, the legislation is deeply flawed. This act sets the goal of providing 100 million of the world‚ poorest with sustainable drinking water and sanitation by 2015. Press Statement: Inadequate drinking and waste water infrastructure is a serious problem, one that plagues millions of people in developing nations and accounts for some 2 million deaths each year. While the act attempts to mitigate these problems, if passed, it will further enable the role of private investment in public drinking and waste water infrastructure in developing nations.
April 22, 2009
Obama Administration Rejects Bush Administration Proposal To Establish Program for Industrial Fish Farming on Energy Facilities
Washington, DC , Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, applauds the Obama administration for protecting U.S. marine resources and coastal communities by rejecting a Bush administration proposal that, for the first time ever, could have set up a national system to allow industrial fish farming in federally managed ocean waters. The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) rule would have allowed fish farms to operate in association with energy companies facilities, like gas and oil platforms, and effectively would have been an end-run around prior Congress decisions not to pass national legislation permitting fish farms in U.S. waters.
Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow addressed the United Nations General Assembly today to support the Bolivian call for an annual “International Mother Earth Day” celebration. Her speech was a call to action to implement the human right to water and abandon the “hard path” of large-scale technology – dams, diversion and desalination – in favor of the “soft path” of conservation, rainwater and storm water harvesting, recycling, alternative energy use, municipal infrastructure investment and local, sustainable food production.
April 17, 2009
Public Interest Prevails as Citizens of Gilchrist County Give Blue Springs Properties, Inc. the Boot: Permit to Bottle Water From Santa Fe River Revoked
Press Statement: ‚This week, the Suwannee River Water Management (SRWMD) District‚ governing board voted unanimously to revoke Blue Springs Properties Inc.‚ permit to bottle water from the Santa Fe River in High Springs, Florida. We applaud this decision and thank the Water Management District for its commitment to protecting the area‚
April 16, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., will co-sponsor a series of events in observance of Earth Day to draw attention to the importance of clean, affordable public water systems and the social and environmental benefits of choosing tap water over bottled water. The events will take place in Washington, D.C.; New York, N.Y.; San Diego, Calif. and Waterville, Maine, among other cities.
Press Statement: ‚Yesterday, the CEO of Climate Exchange PLC trotted out the incredibly bad idea to, essentially, apply the flawed model of carbon cap-and-trade markets to water. The head of the UK-based company that made millions of dollars last year from its business facilitating carbon trading wants to take this scheme that has failed to reduce emissions of climate changing carbon gas and apply it to water extraction rights from the Great Lakes, according to an interview titled, ‚Water cap and trade,” posted yesterday on Global Dashboard: Notes from the Future.
April 3, 2009
Press Release: Press Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter: n spite of opposition from consumers, dairy farmers, and national food companies, today the Kansas legislature passed a rule that will deny consumers important information about how milk is produced. Similar to a rule adopted by Ohio last year, this new state law would go beyond the federal Food and Drug Administration‚ guidance for labeling dairy products by requiring the use of a misleading disclaimer about the use of artificial hormones.
March 24, 2009
Press Release: A bill that would provide critical information about the impact of the bottled water industry today passed out of the California State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. Authored by Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes and sponsored by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, Assembly Bill 301 would require bottled water corporations to disclose the volume and source of water they extract and whether that source is publicly or privately owned.