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Wenonah Hauter--One of Seven Women Working to Change the Food System

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June 4, 2009
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Marin Desalination Plant Unnecessary Finds Food & Water Watch Report

Press Release: A package of smart water solutions that includes improving landscape irrigation, decreasing system leaks, and enhancing reservoir operation can meet Marin‚ future water needs at a much lower cost than the proposed desalination facility finds a new report released today by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. The report, Sustaining Our Water Future: A Review of the Marin Municipal Water District‚ Alternatives to Improve Water Supply Reliability, is authored by James Fryer, who served as coordinator of the Marin Municipal Water District‚ (MMWD) water conservation program from 1990 to 1999.

June 2, 2009
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Food & Water Watch and Local Activists Halt Privatization of Milwaukee Water System

Press Statement: ‚On Friday, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Common Council announced that it will put on hold plans to privatize the city‚ drinking water system. In May, Food & Water Watch worked with a broad range of local groups to form the Keep Public Our Water (KPOW) coalition to stop the privatization. Food & Water Watch applauds the Council‚ decision and urges the City of Milwaukee to permanently abandon this potential privatization.

May 29, 2009
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New FDA Steps to Prevent Bacterial Contamination in Bottled Water Good, But Not Good Enough

Press Statement: ‚This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is amending its bottled water regulations to implement stricter standards regarding the testing of bottled water for the e.coli bacteria. Although Food & Water Watch supports FDA‚ move to protect the public from e.coli, this amendment is not enough. Despite the issuance of this rule, FDA still does not require bottled water to be tested once it has been bottled. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains strict standards for ensuring the safety of tap water, FDA has been less stringent in its oversight of the bottled water industry.

May 20, 2009
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New Food & Water Watch Study Reveals Privatized Water Systems Result in Job Losses

Press Release: New analysis released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that privatizing municipal water systems threatens jobs and negatively affects local economies. Water Privatization Threatens Workers, Consumers and Local Economies finds that while multinational corporations often claim to reduce operational costs, they do so by cutting corners, downsizing essential employees, decreasing salaries and impeding union activity.

May 19, 2009
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Trenton Water Sale Reversal a Victory for Local Consumers

Press Statement: “This week, Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg agreed to reassess an earlier decision to allow the sale of a portion of Trenton, New Jersey’s water utility to American Water. The announcement is a significant victory for activists who have been fighting the privatization of Trenton’s water works and will clear the way for a citizen vote on the issue.

May 14, 2009
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Water Infrastructure Financing Act Benefits Corporations at the Expense of Taxpayers

Press Statement: “Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S.1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. The bill contains language that would, for the first time, allow private wastewater utilities access to funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF). This proposed change to the law would essentially allow private wastewater utilities to benefit from public funding. The burden of this modification, however, would ultimately fall on consumers, because private wastewater utilities charge customers as much as 80% more than do their public counterparts. Under this bill, consumers would be left to subsidize these utilities through both taxes and higher user rates.

May 11, 2009
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Federal Dollars Prematurely Slated for Offshore Fish Farming

Press Release: Press statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: “President Obama‚ FY 2010 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contains a glaring flaw that would prematurely allocate federal dollars to help fund controversial and unpopular fish farming plans that have not yet been federally authorized.”

May 7, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Lauds New York State's Rejection of Bottled Water

Press Statement: This week, New York Governor David A. Paterson signed an Executive Order to phase out the state‚ purchase and use of bottled water in State agency facilities. Food & Water Watch applauds Governor Paterson‚ actions and his demonstrated commitment to protecting the one of our most vital natural resources.

April 27, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Urges Investigation of Swine Flu and Link to Industrialized Pork Production

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
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Kansas Governor Sebelius Vetoes Milk Labeling Bill and Protects Consumers

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.”

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