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April 8, 2010
Press Release: Open ocean aquaculture (OOA) operations, also known as factory fish farms, are damaging Hawaii’s ocean ecosystems, impeding Native Hawaiian cultural practice, and sapping the local economy, according to a new coalition launched today at the State Capitol. The Pono Aquaculture Alliance (PAA) met with lawmakers today to discuss viable local alternatives to factory fish farms, including methods such as land-based recirculating aquaculture systems and traditional coastal fish ponds.
April 7, 2010
Statement: “Yesterday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey overwhelmingly agreed that the people of Trenton should have a say in how public water resources are managed with its 5-1 ruling to allow a referendum regarding the potential sale of a portion of Trenton’s water system to a private company. A local citizen’s group has been engaged in a two-year battle with American Water to allow the citizens of Trenton to exercise their rights to directly participate in the decision to sell off a major component of their publicly-owned water system.
April 6, 2010
Press Release: At 10:00 am on April 13, a coalition of community, environmental, and consumer groups will hold a press conference at the East entrance to New Mexico’s State Capitol Building to announce their proposal for new dairy permit regulations.
March 29, 2010
Press Release: Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge, a coalition of 15 environmental and social justice organizations led by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, today launched a coordinated campaign to prevent Nestle Waters North America from opening a water bottling facility in Cascade Locks. The groups delivered some 4,000 petition signatures against the facility to Roy Elicker, Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), whose department will play a crucial role in determining whether the deal can move forward.
March 23, 2010
GAO Report Critical of FDA Food Irradiation Policies; Calls for Increased Transparency on Controversial Technology
Statement: A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA’s) oversight of food irradiation highlights the agency’s lackluster performance. The report details poor communication by the FDA about decisions and policy on this controversial technology. Since the GAO has historically been an advocate for irradiation, it is telling that the report does not encourage the FDA to expand the use of this technology; but rather urges the agency to better communicate the status of pending petitions for further use of food irradiation.
March 22, 2010
Press Release: As bottled water sales declined for the first time in twenty years, the bottled water industry accelerated its marketing efforts to “bluewash” bottled water, reveals a new report released today by the consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch. Bluewashing: Why the Bottled Water Industry’s EcoFriendly Claims Don’t Hold Water highlights the ways in which bottled water companies try to market their products as environmentally responsible, while they actually damage the environment.
March 18, 2010
Congressional Catch Share Hearing a Step Forward in Agency Accountability; Further Action is Needed to Protect Marine Resources, Fishermen and Consumers
Press Release: Tuesday’s Congressional oversight hearing on catch share programs, which are a market-based approach to share access to the public’s valuable fish resources, represented an important step forward in reviewing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurried application of this controversial management tool for U.S. fisheries. The beleaguered agency has been responsible for creating serious breaches of the public’s trust on issues related to its enforcement of federal fisheries laws (as revealed in a House oversight committee hearing earlier this month). It must similarly be held accountable for its ‘cart before the horse’ approach to catch shares. While the oversight hearings were a great first step towards addressing the highly contested issue of catch shares, we call on Congress to continue to turn up the heat on NOAA and its approach to managing U.S. fisheries.
March 16, 2010
Press Release: Kicking off a coordinated effort to improve water service for millions of Floridians, FLOW Florida, a coalition of community groups from 19 counties around the state, and the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, today spoke out against the private water provider Aqua Utilities Florida (Aqua). Standing before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), residents representing Aqua customers in Pasco, Polk, Seminole, Volusia and the other 15 counties where Aqua operates, spoke of the smelly, often undrinkable water, exorbitant rates, and unresolved customer issues suffered under the company’s service. FLOW Florida convened in Tallahassee to demand that PSC officials continue monitoring Aqua’s inadequate customer service, and to convene town hall meetings around the state to hear customer complaints about Aqua.
Media Alert: Come to the first congressional meeting to address the practice of catch shares – programs that create markets on fishery access.
March 10, 2010
Media Alert: The USDA and DOJ will be holding the first ever anti-trust hearing on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. Unfortunately, their panels will be hearing from too many corporate special interests. Join Food & Water Watch the day before for the people’s anti-trust hearing, “Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply.”