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Food & Water Watch provided skilled activists to help us organize and amplify our voices against fracking in Monterey County, California. Their presence brought added credibility and effectiveness in educating and activating local residents to preserve our precious agriculture and water resources. Food & Water Watch understands that on-the-ground grassroots organizing is essential to success.
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January 12, 2010
Proposed Rockland County Desalination Plant a Boon for United Water New York, a Bust for Area Water Customers
The Haverstraw Water Supply Project, a proposed desalination plant in Rockland County, New York, could generate as much as $5 million in annual profits for United Water New York, but community members would ultimately pay the price in the form of increased water rates, finds a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Entitled “Not Worth Its Salt: How Rockland County Could End Up Paying for an Unnecessary Desalination Plant,” the report recommends approaches to meeting the area‚ water needs that include conservation, improving existing water infrastructure, and better stormwater management and land use planning, among others.
December 28, 2009
Ocean Aquaculture Legislation Unnecessary and a Concern for Coastal and Fishing Communities and Environment
On Christmas Eve, a bill introduced by Representative Lois Capps
(CA-23) to allow offshore aquaculture in federal U.S. waters became
available to the public. Also known as ocean fish farming, this
practice is the mass-production of fish using open net pens or cages
located about three to 200 miles offshore (in most ocean areas).
This bill is unnecessary and not a step toward protecting our oceans
and fishermen‚ jobs from harms associated with ocean fish farming.
December 22, 2009
Groups Applaud American Public Health Association for Opposition to Hormone Use in Beef and Dairy Production
Washington, D.C.–Public health and consumer groups today applauded the decision of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to oppose the use of growth hormones in beef and dairy production by calling for a ban on the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in dairy cows and a slate of growth hormones in beef cattle.
December 18, 2009
“The latest New York Times article in its “Toxic Water” series continues to detail the consequences of the Bush Administration‚ poor record on safeguarding the nation‚ water and highlights the immediate need for the Obama Administration to protect this critical public resource. Though the article calls on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update the Safe Drinking Water Act, requiring the regulation of hundreds of chemicals increasingly entering our water supplies, much more is needed to protect our waters on the front end of this process.
December 17, 2009
“Today, the Appellate Division for the New Jersey Superior Court ruled against citizens of Trenton who were pressing for a referendum to determine the fate of the Trenton water system. This ruling essentially denies the citizens of Trenton the right to vote on the $100 million sale of a portion of the city‚ water utility to the private corporation American Water and undermines fundamental principles in state law guaranteeing citizen participation in ensuring that water resources are economically and prudently managed.”
Recent media coverage on contaminants in public drinking water supplies has obscured the root causes of many of our water woes. Rather than vilifying public tap water, we should instead examine the reasons for the compromised quality of this essential public resource.
December 16, 2009
Brussels – Industries claim that nanotechnology is both good for business and good for consumers quality of life, a seemingly obvious win-win situation. Yet the less advertised risks of nanotechnology applications require close scrutiny.
December 11, 2009
“Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Catch Share Task Force released a vague policy statement advocating a management tool that can be used to privatize access to our public ocean fish resources or, conversely, to provide more efficient and fair use of federally managed fish populations through publicly managed access programs.
December 10, 2009
As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to discuss climate change and strategies to prevent and alleviate effects on our planet, Food & Water Europe remains acutely aware of half-hearted solutions that such meetings typically bring. A new factsheet issued today by the consumer group focuses on the lack of willingness to address in a meaningful manner the impact of industrial agriculture on the climate.
December 9, 2009
Sacramento, Calif. , Food & Water Watch, Community Water
Center, the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance and four other
organizations delivered a petition today to California‚ Central Valley
Regional Water Quality Control Board (the Board) asking the Board to strengthen
its groundwater-monitoring program around the region‚ dairies. As currently