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September 11, 2009
Press Release: New legal analysis in papers filed today in the Appellate Division for the New Jersey Superior Court by Food & Water Watch demonstrate that denying citizens of Trenton the right to vote on the sale of the city’s water utility to the private corporation American Water undermines fundamental principles in state law guaranteeing that water resources are economically and prudently managed for the benefit of the public. The “amicus curiae” or “friend of the court” brief filed by the consumer advocacy group further supports a citizen’s movement in Trenton to require a referendum to determine the fate of the water system there.
September 10, 2009
Private produce safety rules burden smaller-scale, diversified farms, threaten conservation, lack transparency, new report finds
Press Release: Private industry food safety protocols for produce farmers are not based on independent science and are biased against smaller-scale, diversified farms and those using sustainable production methods, finds a new report issued today by Food & Water Watch and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. “Bridging the GAPs: Strategies to Improve Produce Safety, Preserve Farm Diversity and Strengthen Local Food Systems,” by Elanor Starmer and Marie Kulick, analyzes common, non-regulatory food safety protocols for produce growers including, the federal Good Agriculture Practices, the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, industry “super metrics,” and international food safety protocols.
September 8, 2009
Commercial and Recreational Fishermen and Renowned Scientist Join With Food & Water Watch For Hill Briefing on Ocean Fish Farming and Alternate Approaches
Press Release: Today, at 11:30 a.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2103, Food & Water Watch joined with other fish experts for a briefing on the socioeconomic and ecological effects of open-ocean fish farming and alternate, more sustainable approaches to domestic seafood production. The briefing was in preparation for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife’s “Oversight Hearing on Offshore Aquaculture” tomorrow at 10 a.m.
September 3, 2009
Press Statement: Today, the very agency tasked with conservation and management of our national fish resources, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), failed to protect fishing communities and the marine environment by allowing an unpopular and potentially harmful ocean fish farming plan for the Gulf of Mexico to pass into effect. NMFS was involved for the entire five years this plan was under discussion, and had since January of 2009 to decide whether ocean fish farming is the right thing to do for the Gulf. Time for indecision ran out today. Rather than taking a stand, the agency looked the other way and chose to stay silent, letting the plan pass by default. The agency‚ silence is a choice in itself: to allow development of what are essentially factory farms of the sea — dirty, crowded mass-production facilities that can harm the environment and produce lower-quality fish for consumers. The plan lacks specifics about important issues: unknown types of facilities will be able to grow unspecified types of fish in locations approved by NMFS on a case-by-case basis, from three to 200 miles offshore in the Gulf. The development of these facilities will likely cause major ecological problems, and could undercut prices local fishermen receive for their catch, threatening an already vulnerable job market.
September 1, 2009
Press Statement: Last week, the Canadian Medical Association called for a federal ban on the use of antimicrobials in personal care products such as those containing the pesticide triclosan. A federal ban in Canada would place much needed pressure on regulatory bodies in the United States to tackle this pressing human and environmental health problem.
Obama Administration Ignores Opposition From Fishermen and Others, Approves Destructive Fishery Management Plan for Gulf of Mexico
Press Statement: Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) overrode opposition from many fishermen and others and relied on a highly questionable referendum to approve an unfair and potentially harmful plan for managing the Gulf of Mexico’s tilefish and grouper fisheries. The plan, known as Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs) or catch shares, determines who is allowed to fish, and how much, based on catch history, or how much an individual or business has caught in the past. This method inherently favors those who fish the hardest and fastest and squeezes out many smaller-scale and historic fishermen. Worst of all, the process by which the plan was created and approved was biased and unfair. The Gulf’s Fishery Management Council held a sham referendum on the plan in which eligibility for voting was skewed to exclude nearly 70 percent of fishermen whose jobs were at stake if the plan passed.
August 31, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today formally announced its support for Louisiana shrimpers, who are urging fair prices for domestic, wild-caught shrimp. Asserting that cheap imports are undercutting the prices received for their catch, nearly 300 shrimpers and Food & Water Watch protested at the state capitol in Baton Rouge.
August 28, 2009
Press Statement: Last week, the Mt. Jewett Borough Water Authority Board in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania announced it would deny requests from two separate private companies, American Water and Aqua America, to purchase its water system. Food & Water Watch applauds the decision of the Mt. Jewett Borough Water Authority Board to ensure both the integrity of this vital natural resource and its delivery by keeping the Mt. Jewett water system in public control.
August 27, 2009
Press Statement: Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approved an unfair and potentially destructive plan for managing the tilefish fishery of the mid-Atlantic region, known as Individual Fishing Quotas or catch shares. Tilefish is a common finfish of the region, and the fishery is predicted to be a $10 million industry when rebuilt. Under this plan, only fishermen who are awarded ‚shares” by the management council‚Äîin this case, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council‚Äîare allowed to fish, while large numbers of fishermen are pushed out of their jobs. The plan determines how much quota share a fisherman receives based on the quantities he has caught in the past, thus inherently favoring bigger players and squeezing out many smaller-scale and historic fishermen. This plan also essentially privatizes the resource, ensuring that all the profit gained from its use benefits only a few, despite that oceans and fish resources are to be held in public trust for the benefit of all.
August 26, 2009
Santa Monica Farmers Markets and Food & Water Watch Partner to Launch "I Love Santa Monica Water" Campaign
Press Release: On the forefront of a nationwide trend to kick the bottled water habit, the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Farmers Markets today partnered with the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch to launch the “I Love Santa Monica Water” campaign by providing free filtered Santa Monica tap water at special self-serve station to all market customers and vendors. Former Mayor and current Council Member Richard Bloom demonstrated his support for the program by signing a pledge on behalf of the community to support tap water and avoid bottled water. The event marked the start of the markets ongoing effort to offer free filtered tap water at all four of its markets.