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Published on July 11, 2008 - Fact Sheets: For centuries, Alaskan fishermen have caught salmon. Their communities thrived along with the abundant seasonal runs of healthy fish. It was exciting to be a salmon fisherman, making a living spending days on the water and enjoying the competition with the fish.
Published on July 11, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Right now the federal government is trying to create laws to allow the growing of fish in huge floating cages out in our ocean waters. This is called "ocean fish farming," "open ocean aquaculture" or "offshore aquaculture." Whatever the name, it could cause serious problems for recreational fishermen.
Published on July 10, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Right now the federal government is trying to create laws to allow the growing of fish in huge floating cages out in our ocean waters. This is called "ocean fish farming," "open ocean aquaculture" or "offshore aquaculture.” Whatever the name, it could cause serious problems for consumers and the environment.
Published on July 09, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Right now the federal government is trying to create laws to allow the growing of fish in huge floating cages out in our ocean waters. This is called "ocean fish farming," "open ocean aquaculture" or "offshore aquaculture." Whatever the name, it could cause serious problems for recreational fishermen. Whatever the name, it could cause serious problems for commercial fishermen.
Published on July 02, 2008 - Fact Sheets: One of the many factors contributing to factory-scale dairy operations is recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or also sometimes called rBST), an artificial growth hormone developed by Monsanto to increase dairy cows milk output. Industrial agriculture proponents proclaim that farming on a large scale, and using technology such as rBGH, is better for the environment. That's just plain wrong.
Published on June 25, 2008 - Fact Sheets: The $60 billion global bottled water industry has grown rapidly in recent years. To keep up with the expanding market, corporations are looking for new water sources. Once they identify good or easy targets, they come into communities, bottle their water, slap a corporate logo on it and sell it to stores across the country. The profits are great and the resource is cheap. The corporations benefit. The communities dont.
Published on June 19, 2008 - Reports: Although public utilities provide water to about 86 percent of people on community water systems, a private sector push is on to change this. The corporate water barons are salivating at the prospect of profiting from the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure crisis facing the United States.1 Already, U.S. cities endure 250,000 to 300,000 water main breaks, lose one-fifth of their water through leaks and suffer 1.2 trillion gallons of wastewater spills each year. Americans will spend up to $1 trillion by 2019 to upgrade and repair our 1.5 million miles of piping and the treatment plants to avoid a public health crisis.
Published on June 07, 2008 - Fact Sheets: On May 30, 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency in charge of making sure that projects occurring in our nation’s waters are safe for humans and the environment, issued a permit for a bizarre experiment in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. The project is to condition 5,000 hatchery-raised fish to associate a specific sound with being fed. The plan is to release “Pavlov’s fish” into the wild and then later call them back by playing the sound to be caught. Right now there is simply not enough information available about the project to determine if it should be allowed. We do know that open water fish farm projects can cause problems for essential fish habitats, our marine environment, and the economy of coastal communities.
Published on May 11, 2008 - Fact Sheets: From its humble beginnings as a father-and-son ham-curing operation in rural America more than 70 years ago, Smithfield Foods has grown into a 7.75 billion Euro-per-year, multinational meat conglomerate with operations in 13 countries on three continents. Of late, Virginia-based Smithfield has been expanding aggressively into Eastern Europe, where its operations have stirred controversy because of their threats to local farming economies, the environment and animal welfare.
Published on May 05, 2008 - Reports: How does the largest privately owned company in the U.S. impact you? Plenty. You may not realize how much you buy at the grocery store has been imprinted by the agribusiness giant Cargill, but Cargill ingredients are everywhere in your supermarket. There isn't any Cargill-brand food but its hidden food products are probably on your dinner table tonight.
Published on May 03, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Cutting down on our attachment to using bottled water, which may actually be less safe in many cases than tap water, starts with us – by not buying bottled water unless absolutely necessary, whether at the store or restaurants or wherever. But we can also spread the word to our favorite establishments to start kicking the bottled water habit themselves. And restaurants are a perfect place to start, particularly restaurants at which you are a frequent or even regular customer.
Published on May 01, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Ocean fish farming is also called open ocean aquaculture or offshore aquaculture. It is the practice of growing finfish in huge, often over–crowded cages out in open ocean waters. Before any regional or federal plan for ocean fish farming moves forward, we need to better understand how these intensive fish farms affect human health, the economies of local fishing communities, wild fish populations, marine mammals, endangered species, birds, and essential fish habitat.
Published on April 19, 2008 - Fact Sheets: In September 2007, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council released a draft of an amendment that would streamline the permitting and regulation of offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. This draft fails to adequately address signiﬁcant threats that offshore aquaculture can pose to consumer health, the marine environment, and coastal communities.
Published on April 03, 2008 - Reports: In today‚ world, seeing is not believing — at least not when it comes to meat. Because of an ill,thought decision by our Food and Drug Administration, the meat industry was allowed to inject the toxic gas carbon monoxide into your ground beef‚ packaging. The gas kept the meat red and fresh looking long after it had already spoiled, and when you ate it (past its sell,by date; you looked at that, didnt you?) you also consumed the bacterial condoplex that had sprung up in the interim.
Published on April 01, 2008 - Reports: After a series of safety scares about imported seafood in 2006 and 2007, U.S. consumers are recognizing that more than 80 percent, about 10.7 billion pounds of the seafood they eat, comes from outside the United States. Much of it is imported from Asia and Latin America, regions that have potentially unsafe production practices.
Published on March 16, 2008 - Reports: The bacteria Salmonella is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States with nearly a million cases of salmonellosis attributed annually to meat and poultry consumption. Of these, more than 14,000 of the victims are hospitalized and more than 400 die.
Published on March 10, 2008 - Fact Sheets: The Bush administration promotes the development of a $1 billion offshore aquaculture industry as a way to provide U.S. consumers with a healthy supply of seafood.1 However, fish production on an industrial scale, in which mass quantities of fish are raised in submerged cages that are up to 80 feet in diameter, would require heavy use of chemicals, such as hormones and antibiotics.
Published on March 04, 2008 - Fact Sheets: When the U.S. Offshore Aquaculture bill was sent to Congress, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez said: “Today’s action will create jobs and revenues for coastal communities and U.S. businesses by allowing for the expansion of an underutilized industry.” Unfortunately, previous international experience indicates that it is actually more likely that offshore aquaculture will diminish local jobs than create them.
Published on February 15, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Take Back the Tap: Act Now to Protect America‚ Water, featuring Maude Barlow‚ "Blue Covenant".
Published on February 15, 2008 - Fact Sheets: Ocean desalination — a process that converts seawater into drinking water — is being hailed as the solution to water supply problems. Proponents of desalination claim that this technology will create a reliable, long-term water supply, while decreasing pressure on other over,drawn water sources. But desalination facilities have the potential to create more problems than they solve.