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July 13, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, and the Vermont Brewers Festival, an event that draws a crowd of over 10,000 from around the U.S. and Canada, are partnering this weekend to go bottled water-free and serve local Vermont tap water. The consumer group advocates drinking tap water as part of its national Take Back the Tap campaign, which opposes bottled water for economic, health and environmental reasons. The event will take place at Burlington Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT, beginning at 6pm on Friday, July 17th and running through 10pm on Saturday, July 18th.
July 10, 2009
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, kicked off its “Healthy School Milk or Bust” tour and hit the road to secure healthy milk for schoolchildren. Traveling in a cow-themed van from July 10th – July 20th, Food & Water Watch will be visiting county fairs, farmers markets and senators offices in six states to gear up for this year’s re-authorization of the Child Nutrition Act — a bill that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children through the National School Lunch Program and other feeding programs.
Food & Water Watch Disputes Obama Administration‚ Reliance on Trade, Biotechnology to Combat Global Hunger and Poverty
Press Statement: Today, the Obama administration announced a new approach to combating global hunger and poverty that merely dusts off the tired, failed approaches of the Bush years — more free trade and the adoption of biotechnology (suggested by the “access to better seeds” language in the G8 Joint Statement on global food security). Renewed focus and funding for programs that energize rural communities around the world and alleviate hunger are desperately needed, but the plan announced today cannot achieve these goals. A bold, new approach is needed. More free trade and biotechnology are not new ideas — they are the darling twins of the agribusiness industry.
July 9, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today released a paper that rebutts the recent claims by Kona Blue Water Farms that the fish it raises are more sustainable than wild fish. The consumer group’s paper enumerates the problems with the Hawaii-based aquaculture operation‚ methods and debunks the claims that its Kona Kampachi fish are sixty times as “efficient” as wild fish.
July 8, 2009
Press Statement: Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation went to court on Monday, July 6 and prevented Nestlé Waters North America from pumping even more water from an already depleted stream in Mecosta County to bottle for its Ice Mountain brand bottled water.
BP Records Show One of World's Largest Oil and Gas Platforms Lacks Documents Needed for Safe Operation and Maintenance
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch urged the U.S. Department of the Interior and Minerals Management Service (MMS) to immediately suspend production on the largest moored floating dual oil- and gas-production facility in the world pending further investigation of documents critical to the project‚ safe operation and maintenance. Although the British Petroleum Atlantis Oil and Gas production platform (BP Atlantis) has been operating for more than a year and a half in Gulf of Mexico waters, Food & Water Watch is concerned with the lack of a large percentage of engineer-approved and up-to-date documents for its subsea equipment.
July 7, 2009
Press Statement: Today’s announcement of key findings by the Obama Administration’s Food Safety Working Group brings long overdue improvements to some existing policies and charges federal agencies with new programs that must be developed extremely carefully to avoid doing more harm than good.
Press Statement: Today, the United States Government Accountability Office released a report to the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce on the quality and safety of bottled water. Entitled “Bottled Water: FDA Safety and Consumer Protections are Often Less Stringent Than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water,” the report confirms what many in the consumer advocacy community have long known — that the bottled water industry is not subject to the same rigorous standards for testing their product and disclosing the results of that testing to the public that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is for tap water.
July 6, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, today launched the Edible EcoUnderground, an initiative featuring Food & Water Watch Executive Chef Joseph “Rocky” Barnette. The Edible EcoUnderground is an innovative new venture that aims to get everyday people more involved with the purchasing, preparation and enjoyment of their food, and to help consumers get the information they need to make healthy, sustainable eating choices.
June 30, 2009
Financing for Clean Water Trust Fund Must Come From Taxes on Non-Discretionary Water-Based Bottled Beverages
Press Statement: This week, the United States Government Accountability Office issued a report to Congress outlining options for generating the $10 billion in annual revenue needed to establish a Clean Water Trust Fund to upgrade our nation’s aging water infrastructure system. The report, entitled “Clean Water Infrastructure: A Variety of Issues Need to Be Considered When Designing a Clean Water Trust Fund,” highlights a number of sources for Congress to consider, including taxes on bottled beverages, fertilizers, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and water appliances. Food & Water Watch recognizes the need to draw from diverse funding sources to finance this critical undertaking. It is our suggestion however, that any funding package that Congress arrives at must include an excise tax on water-based bottled beverages.