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July 21, 2009
Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today released a report urging the federal government to ramp up its efforts to collect data on groundwater quantity and quality throughout the United States. The report, entitled “Unmeasured Danger: America’s Hidden Groundwater Crisis,” highlights the inadequacies of collecting data on groundwater at the local level and makes the case for why the federal government should oversee and dedicate funds for research on this vital, yet diminishing resource.
July 15, 2009
Press Statement: Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) introduced legislation to establish a Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund to support investment in drinking water and clean water infrastructure. We applaud Representative Blumenauer for this vital piece of legislation, which Food & Water Watch has advocated for over the past three years.
July 14, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, in partnership with the public health and environmental activist group Beyond Pesticides, today submitted an amended petition to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring that the agency ban the use of the controversial pesticide triclosan for non-medical applications on the basis that those uses violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. Strong scientific evidence suggests that pervasive use of triclosan poses imminent threats to human health and the environment.
Press Release: Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg ruled against a public referendum pushed by local citizens to decide the fate of an embattled water utility in Trenton, New Jersey. This latest development comes just two months after Feinberg agreed to reassess an earlier decision to allow the sale of a portion of Trenton’s water utility to the private company American Water.
July 13, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, and the Vermont Brewers Festival, an event that draws a crowd of over 10,000 from around the U.S. and Canada, are partnering this weekend to go bottled water-free and serve local Vermont tap water. The consumer group advocates drinking tap water as part of its national Take Back the Tap campaign, which opposes bottled water for economic, health and environmental reasons. The event will take place at Burlington Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT, beginning at 6pm on Friday, July 17th and running through 10pm on Saturday, July 18th.
July 10, 2009
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, kicked off its “Healthy School Milk or Bust” tour and hit the road to secure healthy milk for schoolchildren. Traveling in a cow-themed van from July 10th – July 20th, Food & Water Watch will be visiting county fairs, farmers markets and senators offices in six states to gear up for this year’s re-authorization of the Child Nutrition Act — a bill that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children through the National School Lunch Program and other feeding programs.
Food & Water Watch Disputes Obama Administration‚ Reliance on Trade, Biotechnology to Combat Global Hunger and Poverty
Press Statement: Today, the Obama administration announced a new approach to combating global hunger and poverty that merely dusts off the tired, failed approaches of the Bush years — more free trade and the adoption of biotechnology (suggested by the “access to better seeds” language in the G8 Joint Statement on global food security). Renewed focus and funding for programs that energize rural communities around the world and alleviate hunger are desperately needed, but the plan announced today cannot achieve these goals. A bold, new approach is needed. More free trade and biotechnology are not new ideas — they are the darling twins of the agribusiness industry.
July 9, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today released a paper that rebutts the recent claims by Kona Blue Water Farms that the fish it raises are more sustainable than wild fish. The consumer group’s paper enumerates the problems with the Hawaii-based aquaculture operation‚ methods and debunks the claims that its Kona Kampachi fish are sixty times as “efficient” as wild fish.
July 8, 2009
Press Statement: Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation went to court on Monday, July 6 and prevented Nestlé Waters North America from pumping even more water from an already depleted stream in Mecosta County to bottle for its Ice Mountain brand bottled water.
BP Records Show One of World's Largest Oil and Gas Platforms Lacks Documents Needed for Safe Operation and Maintenance
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch urged the U.S. Department of the Interior and Minerals Management Service (MMS) to immediately suspend production on the largest moored floating dual oil- and gas-production facility in the world pending further investigation of documents critical to the project‚ safe operation and maintenance. Although the British Petroleum Atlantis Oil and Gas production platform (BP Atlantis) has been operating for more than a year and a half in Gulf of Mexico waters, Food & Water Watch is concerned with the lack of a large percentage of engineer-approved and up-to-date documents for its subsea equipment.