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I long ago stopped believing that most corporations and politicians had the good of the public in mind. We need independent groups like Food & Water Watch to raise awareness and advocate for ethical, environmentally positive laws.
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April 22, 2009
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Obama Administration Rejects Bush Administration Proposal To Establish Program for Industrial Fish Farming on Energy Facilities

Washington, DC , Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, applauds the Obama administration for protecting U.S. marine resources and coastal communities by rejecting a Bush administration proposal that, for the first time ever, could have set up a national system to allow industrial fish farming in federally managed ocean waters. The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) rule would have allowed fish farms to operate in association with energy companies facilities, like gas and oil platforms, and effectively would have been an end-run around prior Congress decisions not to pass national legislation permitting fish farms in U.S. waters.

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Maude Barlow Addresses UN General Assembly

Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow addressed the United Nations General Assembly today to support the Bolivian call for an annual “International Mother Earth Day” celebration. Her speech was a call to action to implement the human right to water and abandon the “hard path” of large-scale technology – dams, diversion and desalination – in favor of the “soft path” of conservation, rainwater and storm water harvesting, recycling, alternative energy use, municipal infrastructure investment and local, sustainable food production.

April 17, 2009
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Public Interest Prevails as Citizens of Gilchrist County Give Blue Springs Properties, Inc. the Boot: Permit to Bottle Water From Santa Fe River Revoked

Press Statement: ‚This week, the Suwannee River Water Management (SRWMD) District‚ governing board voted unanimously to revoke Blue Springs Properties Inc.‚ permit to bottle water from the Santa Fe River in High Springs, Florida. We applaud this decision and thank the Water Management District for its commitment to protecting the area‚
delicate ecosystem.

April 16, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Highlights Importance of Clean, Affordable Water for All on Earth Day

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., will co-sponsor a series of events in observance of Earth Day to draw attention to the importance of clean, affordable public water systems and the social and environmental benefits of choosing tap water over bottled water. The events will take place in Washington, D.C.; New York, N.Y.; San Diego, Calif. and Waterville, Maine, among other cities.

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Cap-and-Trade for Water: A Bad Idea for People and the Planet

Press Statement: ‚Yesterday, the CEO of Climate Exchange PLC trotted out the incredibly bad idea to, essentially, apply the flawed model of carbon cap-and-trade markets to water. The head of the UK-based company that made millions of dollars last year from its business facilitating carbon trading wants to take this scheme that has failed to reduce emissions of climate changing carbon gas and apply it to water extraction rights from the Great Lakes, according to an interview titled, ‚Water cap and trade,” posted yesterday on Global Dashboard: Notes from the Future.

April 3, 2009
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Kansas Says "No" to Consumers Right to Know

Press Release: Press Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter: n spite of opposition from consumers, dairy farmers, and national food companies, today the Kansas legislature passed a rule that will deny consumers important information about how milk is produced. Similar to a rule adopted by Ohio last year, this new state law would go beyond the federal Food and Drug Administration‚ guidance for labeling dairy products by requiring the use of a misleading disclaimer about the use of artificial hormones.

March 24, 2009
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Food & Water Watch-Sponsored Bottled Water Legislation Passes State Assembly Committee

Press Release: A bill that would provide critical information about the impact of the bottled water industry today passed out of the California State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. Authored by Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes and sponsored by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, Assembly Bill 301 would require bottled water corporations to disclose the volume and source of water they extract and whether that source is publicly or privately owned.

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Food & Water Watch Joins 200 Groups to Urge an End to Speculation that Drove Global Food Crisis

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, along with a coalition of faith, farm, food, hunger and international development groups, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders demanding decisive action to prevent speculation in the commodity markets from threatening the food security of hundreds of millions of people.

March 22, 2009
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Food & Water Watch-Sponsored Film Blue Gold Screens at Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C.

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today sponsored a screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The new award-winning documentary film exposes how corporate giants, private investors and corrupt governments are vying for control of the world‚ depleting fresh water supply. Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow and Executive Director Wenonah Hauter both appear in the film to denounce corporate water privatization and offer solutions for addressing world water shortages.

March 19, 2009
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Food & Water Watch and International Coalition Protest World Water Forum in Istanbul

Press Release: Senior Advisor to the United Nations General Assembly and Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow, along with advocates from an international coalition on water justice issues, today denounced the World Water Forum‚ position on water privatization and defended public access to clean, safe water as a human right. Conceived as a counter-event to the World Water Forum, today‚ protest opposed the forum‚ support of the privatization of municipal water systems and urged the United Nations to take a greater role in delivering water to populations in developing nations.

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