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Why We Need to Ban Fracking on U.S. Public Lands

Published on May 12, 2015 - Fact Sheets: We must ban fracking on public lands to protect our climate, public health and national parks for the benefit and enjoyment of all Americans.

The State of Michigan Must Permanently Decommission Enbridge's Line 5

Published on May 01, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Any sort of leakage from Line 5, which carries light crude oil and natural gas liquids, would spew toxins into the Great Lakes, the largest cluster of freshwater lakes in the world and the drinking water source for over 35 million people.

The Constitution Pipeline Threatens Several Rare Bat Species

Published on April 27, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Among the adverse environmental impacts from building the Constitution Pipeline -- a 124-mile transportation system for moving fracked Marcellus shale gas from Pennsylvania into the Northeast market -- is potential harm to several rare species of bats, one of which is federally identified as threatened and another as endangered.

Protect Your Right to Know: Stop the DARK Act

Published on April 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act -- sponsored by Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and a brainchild of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) -- would make the already inadequate approval process for genetically engineered (GMO) foods even worse.

Ban Fracking in Florida

Published on March 10, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Current U.S. energy policy aims at maximizing production of oil and gas by drilling and fracking tens of thousands of new wells each year, across the country. Florida will be among the states that most suffer from this path.

Abusive Poultry Contracts Require Government Action

Published on February 06, 2015 - Fact Sheets: The poultry sector is dominated by a few large poultry processing companies that control every step of chicken production -- from chicks to cutlets.

Genetically Engineered Food: Human Health Risks

Published on January 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: At the very least, consumers should have the right to know if the foods they are buying and eating have been genetically engineered.

How GMO Crops Hurt Farmers

Published on January 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: With the rise of GMO crops, coexistence between organic, non-GMO and GMO production has become more difficult due to the potential for gene flow and commingling of crops at both the planting and harvesting levels.

The Case for GMO Labeling

Published on January 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Unlike traditional plant and animal breeding, which tries to develop better varieties by selecting traits from the same species, genetic engineering techniques can insert specific genes from any plan, animal or microorganism into the DNA of a different species.

How Much Will Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Really Cost?

Published on January 08, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Whenever the subject of mandatory labeling of GMO foods comes up, the food industry claims that labeling will be prohibitively expensive.

The Bakken Boom: East Coast at Risk

Published on October 07, 2014 - Fact Sheets: Fracked oil from the Bakken Shale has put North Dakota at "the center of a revolution," now yielding more oil than Alaska and rising to second place for production behind Texas. But, as production soars, so does the demand for pipelines, trains and barges to transport Bakken crude oil to refineries, increasingly on the East Coast, the most densely populated region of the United States.

Monsanto's Seed Company Subsidiaries

Published on June 12, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The rise of genetic engineering has not only diminished the ability for farmers to practice their own methods of seed selection, but also turned another sector of agriculture into a business monopolized by a few corporations.

Reading's Water Lease and the Costs of Privatization

Published on May 28, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The Reading City Council is considering opening up the city’s water system to privatization.

Grain Reserves: Common-Sense Farm Policy

Published on May 23, 2014 - Fact Sheets: Farming is a tough job. Farmers deal with unstable weather patterns and have just a few buyers for most crops. This leads to boom-and-bust swings between bumper crops and dire shortages. Income isn't guaranteed, and farmers are required to put a lot on the line to get their crop into the ground.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track to a Rising Tide of Imported Fish

Published on May 14, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The TPP will increase imports of potentially unsafe and minimally inspected fish and seafood products, exposing consumers to more and more dangerous seafood.

Industry Profile: Grocery Manufacturers Association

Published on April 03, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) represents more than 300 of the United States' biggest food and beverage companies.

Fast Tracking Corporate Power: Investor-State Resolution and the TPP

Published on January 14, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The TPP's contentious "investor-state dispute resolution" allows a corporation to sue federal, state and local governments if it believes that a law or regulation will negatively affect its bottom line.

Fracking Infrastructure is Carving Up Pennsylvania

Published on December 18, 2013 - Fact Sheets: Absurdly, proponents of shale gas development argue that pipelines can benefit landowners by providing new recreation areas and better habitat for wildlife.

American Water: a Corporate Profile

Published on December 17, 2013 - Fact Sheets: American Water Works Company is the largest publicly traded U.S. water utility company, serving approximately 14 million people in more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces.

Undermining Local Democracy: Fast Track, the TPP and Your Community

Published on December 02, 2013 - Fact Sheets: While communities across the United States fight against the negative effects of expanded fracking for natural gas, the White House is negotiating a secret trade deal with 12 Pacific Rim countries that could undermine those efforts.
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