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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 976
March 18, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., today called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Obama Administration to recognize water as a human right and to assert new leadership in global water policy. U.S. representatives recently played a key role in removing language from the 5th World Water Forum ministerial declaration that supported the human right to water.
March 17, 2009
Food & Water Watch Opposes Decision Denying Trenton Citizen Participation in the Future of Their Water
Press Statement: ‚Sadly, a New Jersey state judge yesterday invalidated a Trenton citizen petition that would have opened the door to residents voting on whether to put part of the city‚ drinking water system into private hands.
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, today testified before California‚ Senate Food and Agriculture Committee in support of Senator Dean Florez‚ legislation to ban ‚nontherapeutic” uses of antibiotics in livestock production by 2015.
March 16, 2009
Press Statement: Earlier today, Turkish police violently attacked a peaceful protest by water activists convened to oppose the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul. Protesters were assaulted with rubber bullets, water cannons and gas and a number of them were arrested. Food & Water Watch denounces the appalling actions of the Turkish police and sees them as sadly emblematic of the undemocratic nature of the World Water Forum.
March 12, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., will co-sponsor a series of events across the country in observance of Water Justice Week on March 14-22 to call attention to global water justice issues. The activities will take place in Los Angeles, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Maine; and Portland, Ore., among other cities, and will promote water as a public trust and a basic human right, and educate the public about the negative effects of water privatization.
Food & Water Watch and International Coalition to Protest Corporate Control of Water Systems at World Water Forum in Istanbul
Press Release: Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, along with Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and representatives of the Latin American network Red VIDA, the Asian organization Focus on the Global South, and many global allies, will protest the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, next week, March 16-22. The organizations are members of an international coalition that has come together to protest the World Water Forum‚ stance on water privatization and to defend the human right to water.
March 11, 2009
Press Release: Today, in honor of ‚Know Your Milk” Day, Food & Water Watch , a national consumer advocacy organization , kicked off its nationwide School Milk Campaign by announcing a coalition of over 100 organizations that are working to secure healthy milk for schoolchildren participating in the National School Lunch Program.
March 10, 2009
Press release: A coalition of fishing, environmental, and consumer groups are opposing a controversial fishery management plan being designed in Seattle this week by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), a body that helps determines how fishery resources are managed. The plan could have negative effects for fishing communities and the environment by reducing the number of people who can fish, causing job loss, and perpetuating the use of fishing gear environmentally that is associated with ecological concerns. Groups including Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen‚ Associations, Food & Water Watch, Ecotrust, and the Crab Boat Owners Association are calling upon the PFMC to suspend decision-making on the plan until further research can be undertaken and alternative programs can be considered.
Press Release: The World Bank’s encouragement of private investment in water services harms the people living in developing nations, according to a new report released today by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Dried Up, Sold Out: How the World Bank‚ Push for Private Water Harms the Poor documents the many downsides of private sector control of world water infrastructure systems. Water privatization has failed to effectively deliver reliable water services to billions of people across the globe, and the social consequences of this failure include 5 million people dying every year from preventable water-related diseases.
February 25, 2009
Press Release: A new report released today by Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., reveals that many cash-strapped communities across the country are experiencing rate hikes and a decrease in public services after selling their water and wastewater systems to private corporations. Money Down the Drain: How Private Control of Water Wastes Public Resources highlights cities and towns across the country that have sold their water systems to private companies to offset budget deficits in an increasingly unstable economy, and the negative economic and environmental impact of water privatization on those communities.