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Wenonah Hauter--One of Seven Women Working to Change the Food System
Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
Published on November 30, 2007 - Reports: Beef from Brazil may taste fine and have an attractive price, but the reasons to ban it from being imported into the European Union are beginning to mount. Despite the EU‚ 176 percent tariff on Brazilian beef, cattle farmers in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and elsewhere say the imported meat is still so cheap that it threatens to put them out of business.
Published on November 19, 2007 - Fact Sheets: The U.S. Department of Commerce strongly supports the National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007 and its purported promise for the nation’s economy. The department manages marine resources through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and promotes new technology through the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Published on November 15, 2007 - Fact Sheets: While the U.S. government hailed the fact that irradiation had been used to kill any pests that might have been living in or on the fruit before its overseas ride, consumers should question how exposing mangoes to high levels of ionizing radiation affects the nutritional quality of the fruit.
Published on October 23, 2007 - Reports: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been promoting offshore aquaculture — growing fish in nets or cages between three and 200 miles from shore — as the best way to increase U.S. seafood output. Now, NOAA wants to establish this large-scale fish farming off the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast.
Published on October 19, 2007 - Fact Sheets: The 2007 National Offshore Aquaculture Act would allow open ocean aquaculture, or fish farming, from three to 200 miles off of U.S. coasts. Below is a list of chemicals that are already approved for use in the production of fish raised in off-shore cages. If the industry develops, pharmaceutical and aquaculture companies can be expected to petition federal agencies to approve a broader range of chemicals, creating additional concerns for consumer health and the environment.
Published on September 26, 2007 - Reports: When a resource is as basic as clean water, it can be easy to take for granted. Flowing in and out of our homes and businesses through underground pipes, clean water for sanitation keeps our communities livable, our lifestyles possible, and our industries viable. But while steady access to clean water is a cornerstone of modern society, its future is far from secure.
Published on September 10, 2007 - Fact Sheets: The Food and Drug Administration has dismissed evidence of health risks for both humans and cows in order to approve the use of rBGH. This fact sheet provides a sampling of research that raises serious concerns about the safety of rBGH/rBST
Published on September 06, 2007 - Reports: In the summer of 2007, higher prices at supermarket checkout lines have drawn the attention of consumers, the media, and politicians. During the first half of 2007, food prices rose by 6.2 percent and contributed to almost one-fifth (17 percent) of the total increase in consumer prices. Prices at the grocery store rose almost a third faster than food prices overall (both at restaurants and retail outlets), growing by 8.0 percent in the first half of the year. These trends are likely to continue. USDA estimates that consumer price increases for red meat, poultry, milk and eggs will stay above the general inflation rate from 2008 to 2010.
Published on August 23, 2007 - Fact Sheets: Irradiation is an expensive, ineffective, and impractical technology for addressing food safety.
Published on August 23, 2007 - Fact Sheets: The nuclear industry, the food industry and the U.S. government have insisted for a half-century that irradiated foods are safe, nutritious, and taste just like regular food. They say irradiation facilities are not dangerous. They say the technology does not threaten American agriculture.
Published on August 23, 2007 - Fact Sheets: Recent outbreaks of E. coli bacteria in lettuce, spinach and onions have reinvigorated interest in irradiation as a way to prevent food-borne illness. The worst outbreak was caused by contaminated pre-cut spinach from California, which killed three people and sickened more than 200 others in 26 states.
Published on August 13, 2007 - Reports: Clean, healthy, affordable water is something every American should be able to rely on. But as the nation‚ population grows and its infrastructure ages, our public clean water systems are facing some grim realities. The Case for a Clean Water Trust Fund: New Realities, New Solutions discusses our need to plan ahead for future generations and create a dedicated source of public funding so that communities across America can keep their water clean, safe, and affordable.
Published on July 24, 2007 - Fact Sheets: Frequently asked questions about Food & Water Watch's first-ever national map charting the distribution of factory farms to assist organizations and individuals in their efforts to shut down polluting operations and prevent the construction of new ones.
Published on July 24, 2007 - Fact Sheets: Our goal in making the map was to illustrate the number of animals on factory farms in each state and county, as well as the number of factory farms in each state and county. We wanted to map this information to show how animal production is becoming concentrated in different regions.
Published on July 20, 2007 - Reports: Industrial animal production, the practice of confining thousands of cows, hogs, chickens or other animals in tightly packed facilities has become the dominant method of meat production in the United States. This report, which accompanies Food & Water Watch‚ online map of factory farm animal production, explains the forces that have driven the growth of factory farms, as well as the environmental, public health, and economic consequences of the rise of this type of animal production.
Published on July 18, 2007 - Reports: Not all BioFuels are Equal - Rising oil prices, energy security, and global warming concerns have all contributed to the current hype over biofuels. This report reviews the most up to date scientific evidence and concludes that corn-based ethanol is not the silver bullet everyone is seeking. (Full Report)
Published on July 06, 2007 - Fact Sheets: Underfunding of Public Water and Sewer Systems Threatens Our Clean Water
Published on June 22, 2007 - Reports: American consumers drink more bottled water every year, in part because they think it is somehow safer or better than tap water. They collectively spend hundreds or thousands of dollars more per gallon for water in a plastic bottle than they would for the H20 flowing from their taps.
Published on June 06, 2007 - Fact Sheets: Frequently Asked Questions About Tap Water - Water is one of few common resources on which all of us depend for life, so it‚ important for us to be responsible stewards. Read on to learn about some of the potential dangers hiding in your tap, what you can do about them, and how you can be drinking in a cleaner, healthier community.
Published on May 30, 2007 - Reports: The Food and Drug Administration oversees the safety of seafood imports. However, inadequate funding and a mediocre inspection program contributed to the federal government agency physically inspecting less than two percent of the 860,000 imported seafood shipments in 2006. Only 0.59 percent of shipments were tested for contaminants in a laboratory. Import Alert: Government Fails Consumers, Falls Short on Seafood Inspection, looks at data from FDA import refusals of seafood shipments at the border and identifies trends in the data from 2003 to 2006 and highlights issues related to imports of shrimp, the most popular seafood among U.S. consumers.