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May 17, 2010
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USDA/DOJ to Hold Second Hearing on Competition in Agriculture Industry, Focus on Poultry

Media Alert: The USDA and the Department of Justice will hold the second in a series of historic workshops on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. The workshop will focus on the poultry industry. Join the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform the day before the workshop for a press conference with contract poultry growers and learn how large poultry companies control the industry and employ unfair practices against growers, making government attention so urgent.

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Food & Water Watch Sues Feds for Ignoring Problems at Operating BP Platform

Press Release: National consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch filed suit today in a Houston federal court seeking a temporary injunction to halt operations of BP’s massive Atlantis oil drilling platform until critical safety documents are produced.

May 11, 2010
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Split of MMS Insufficient to Ensuring Safety of Oil Platforms

Media Statement: “President Obama’s proposed split of the United States Mineral Management Service (MMS) into two parts—one responsible for enforcing the safety of oil rigs, and another to oversee drilling leases—is insufficient to address the long-standing lack of regulatory oversight by the agency of the oil industry.

May 5, 2010
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While the U.S. Debates the Marketing of Dairy Drug, Kenya Acts to Ban It

While the debate on rBGH in the U.S. remains mired in whether milk produced with the hormone should be labeled or not, Kenyan groups have effectively lobbied the government to ban the potentially harmful substance, announced national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

April 26, 2010
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Congress Holds Second Hearing this Year to Address Controversial Catch Share Program

Washington, DC–On April 22, the House Committee on Natural Resources heard from fishermen from across the U.S. that catch shares – which can limit access to fish to only a handful of chosen individuals and companies – have had a devastating impact on their communities and livelihood. This was the second federal hearing this year to discuss the controversial fisheries management program.

April 22, 2010
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Deepwater Horizon Accident Foreshadows a Potential Disaster Waiting to Happen in the Gulf

Press Release: Following Tuesday’s explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Platform, leased and operated by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico, the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch is warning of the possibility of a similarly tragic disaster involving the company’s Atlantis Project— one of the world’s deepest semi-submersible oil and natural gas platforms, located 150 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.

April 20, 2010
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Chicago’s Water Giveaway Latest in National Trend that Will be A Bust for Local Consumers


Press Release: New analysis by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that leasing Chicago’s water utility to a private company could cost Chicagoans two to three dollars for every dollar the city receives as upfront payment for the system. Entitled Water Privatization Costly for Chicago, the briefing paper also finds that Chicago could save 20 to 50 percent on a 20-year loan by using municipal bond financing.

April 19, 2010
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Food & Water Watch Welcomes Proposed Revisions to Toxics Bill

Media Statement: “On April 15, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Representatives Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) proposed revising the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA. This reform is long overdue.

April 16, 2010
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NOAA To Spend $6 million in Taxpayer Dollars to Encourage Growth of Environmentally and Economically Damaging Open Water Aquaculture Industry

Statement: “On April 14, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced $6 million in grants to develop aquaculture research projects. Unfortunately, the federal agency, which has been touting the “environmentally and economically sustainable” nature of aquaculture, specifically stated it would be distributing the grants only to open water projects.”

April 12, 2010
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Federal Inattention to Triclosan Sparks Grassroots and Legislative Action

Statement: “In July 2009, Food & Water Watch, Beyond Pesticides, and 35 other health, labor and environmental groups 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. Additionally, 80 organizations supported a similar petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted in January 2010. A hazardous antibacterial agent, triclosan is found in many household and personal care products such as soaps, cleaners, cosmetics, clothing, and children’s toys. Strong scientific evidence suggests that persistent use of triclosan poses imminent threats to human health and the environment. To date, we have yet to receive a formal response from either FDA or EPA on this matter.

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