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January 28, 2010
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Food & Water Watch Supports Monterey Bay Aquarium Removal of “Kona Kampachi” Fish from Seafood Card

January 28, 2010, Washington, DC – Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, and Hawaii’s Kanaka Council, a coalition of Native Hawaiian rights groups, congratulate Monterey Bay Aquarium for removing Kona Blue Water Farms’ U.S. farmed yellowtail or “Kona Kampachi” from the aquarium’s Seafood Watch Card. Previously the ocean farmed fish was listed as a “yellow” choice, a “good” alternative on Monterey Bay’s seafood guide. The two groups urged Monterey Bay Aquarium in mid 2009 to remove Kona’s product from a list of sustainable seafood choices, due to negative environmental impacts and lack of respect for local traditions and culture.

January 15, 2010
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Food and Water Europe welcomes UK Supermarket Ombudsman

The Black Isle, Scotland – Yesterday‚ announcement that the UK will at last have a supermarket Ombudsman to curb the economic power of retail grocery stores and to enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice is welcome news for suppliers and consumers. We are pleased that the Ombudsman will be given the power to respond to anonymous complaints and we look forward to a tough response to the widespread non-competitive practices that have been used by supermarket chains.

January 14, 2010
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Consumer Groups Challenge Feds to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Found in Consumer and Personal Care Products

Washington, D.C.–Today, the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch and Beyond Pesticides, a public health and environmental organization, submitted a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ask it to ban non-medical uses of the antimicrobial pesticide triclosan. More than 70 organizations signed the petition, which also outlines ways in which triclosan violates numerous environmental statutes, including laws on pesticide registration, clean water, safe drinking water, and the Endangered Species Act.

January 12, 2010
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Proposed Rockland County Desalination Plant a Boon for United Water New York, a Bust for Area Water Customers

The Haverstraw Water Supply Project, a proposed desalination plant in Rockland County, New York, could generate as much as $5 million in annual profits for United Water New York, but community members would ultimately pay the price in the form of increased water rates, finds a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Entitled “Not Worth Its Salt: How Rockland County Could End Up Paying for an Unnecessary Desalination Plant,” the report recommends approaches to meeting the area‚ water needs that include conservation, improving existing water infrastructure, and better stormwater management and land use planning, among others.

December 28, 2009
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Ocean Aquaculture Legislation Unnecessary and a Concern for Coastal and Fishing Communities and Environment

On Christmas Eve, a bill introduced by Representative Lois Capps
(CA-23) to allow offshore aquaculture in federal U.S. waters became
available to the public. Also known as ocean fish farming, this
practice is the mass-production of fish using open net pens or cages
located about three to 200 miles offshore (in most ocean areas).
This bill is unnecessary and not a step toward protecting our oceans
and fishermen‚ jobs from harms associated with ocean fish farming.

December 22, 2009
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Groups Applaud American Public Health Association for Opposition to Hormone Use in Beef and Dairy Production

Washington, D.C.–Public health and consumer groups today applauded the decision of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to oppose the use of growth hormones in beef and dairy production by calling for a ban on the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in dairy cows and a slate of growth hormones in beef cattle.

December 18, 2009
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Drinking Water Regulations Should Ban Unsafe Chemicals From Entering Public Systems

“The latest New York Times article in its “Toxic Water” series continues to detail the consequences of the Bush Administration‚ poor record on safeguarding the nation‚ water and highlights the immediate need for the Obama Administration to protect this critical public resource. Though the article calls on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update the Safe Drinking Water Act, requiring the regulation of hundreds of chemicals increasingly entering our water supplies, much more is needed to protect our waters on the front end of this process.

December 17, 2009
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New Jersey Appellate Court Rules Against Public Referendum Regarding Water Utility Sale in Trenton

“Today, the Appellate Division for the New Jersey Superior Court ruled against citizens of Trenton who were pressing for a referendum to determine the fate of the Trenton water system. This ruling essentially denies the citizens of Trenton the right to vote on the $100 million sale of a portion of the city‚ water utility to the private corporation American Water and undermines fundamental principles in state law guaranteeing citizen participation in ensuring that water resources are economically and prudently managed.”

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New Analysis of Public Water Systems Emphasizes Need to Address Source Pollution

Recent media coverage on contaminants in public drinking water supplies has obscured the root causes of many of our water woes. Rather than vilifying public tap water, we should instead examine the reasons for the compromised quality of this essential public resource.

December 16, 2009
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Are we moving from Nanotechnology to Nanotoxicity?

Brussels – Industries claim that nanotechnology is both good for business and good for consumers quality of life, a seemingly obvious win-win situation. Yet the less advertised risks of nanotechnology applications require close scrutiny.

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