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We were first introduced to Food & Water Watch during an effort to maintain local control of the publicly owned water system in our area. We have continued to support the efforts of FWW as they lobby for the best interests of the people of this planet.
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October 2, 2009
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Food & Water Watch and Other Organizations Sue Secretary of Commerce and Agencies on Offshore Aquaculture Plan

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch, in conjunction with several other organizations, filed suit against the Secretary of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), over a plan to allow offshore industrial fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico. Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, sued because the plan and the process by which it was developed and enacted violates existing federal laws. The group, which has opposed the plan throughout its development, asserts, among other issues, that these entities did not take required actions in allowing the plan to be finalized, and do not have the authority to permit ocean aquaculture.

October 1, 2009
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Congress Continues to Serve Bad Milk to Kids

Statement: “Consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch is disappointed that Congress will not be able to re-write the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act so that schoolchildren will have access to safe and wholesome milk before it expires on September 30. The Congress will pass an extension for the 2004 Act — a law that includes the nutritional requirements for students who participate in the National School Lunch Program — without providing an option for schoolchildren to have access to artificial hormone-free milk. The failure of Congress to act in time leaves children susceptible to the dangers associated with drinking milk produced with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).

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Food & Water Watch Hands Petition to Members of Congress Calling for Continued Ban on Chinese Chicken

Washington, D.C. — 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.

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Hannah King of Dallas Wins Food & Water Watch’s “Take Home Chef Rocky” Contest

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, today announced Hannah King of Dallas, Texas, as the grand prizewinner of the ‚Take Home Chef Rocky” contest. King‚ YouTube video was selected from among dozens of entries from across the country and features King, who has multiple sclerosis, in her kitchen talking directly to the camera about why she needs Chef Joseph ‚Rocky” Barnette to come to her home and transform her lifestyle. The ‚Take Home Chef Rocky” contest is part of Food & Water Watch‚ Edible EcoUnderground initiative, an innovative new venture that aims to get people more involved with the purchasing, preparation and enjoyment of their food, and help consumers get the information they need to make healthy, sustainable eating choices.

September 30, 2009
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Ohio ACT Coalition Launched to Fight Agribusiness Initiative

Press release: Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover (Ohio ACT), a new coalition representing Ohio farmers and consumers, has emerged to prevent corporate agribusiness from cementing its influence into the Ohio state constitution through the November 3rd ballot initiative known as Issue 2. The coalition was created to oppose Issue 2, which would amend the Ohio Constitution to create an appointed Board with unchecked power over livestock regulation.

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Conditions Met– Congress Approves Chinese Chicken Imports

Statement: “Today, the House-Senate Conference Committee on the FY 2010 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Appropriations reached an agreement on the importation of processed poultry and processed poultry products from the People’s Republic of China, provided that several conditions were met. The U.S. Congress enacted bans on the importation of such products for FY 2008 and FY 2009 because the Bush Administration rushed the approval process through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) even though its own inspectors found serious food safety problems in Chinese poultry processing and slaughter facilities when audits were conducted of those facilities in 2004 and 2005.

September 21, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Launches Affordable, Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest

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
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Safety Claims Regarding Off-Shore Oil Drilling Greatly Exaggerated

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
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Bill to Establish Human Right to Water in California Passes State Assembly

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
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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.

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