New Press Releases
March 6, 2014
Press Releases : USDA’s New Food Safety Measure Ruffles Advocates’ Feathers
Press Release: In a letter delivered today to the White House, over 100 farm, consumer, environmental and multi-issue advocacy groups and businesses across the country denounced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan to deregulate poultry inspections and increase maximum slaughter line speeds from 140 to 175 birds per minute. The groups also delivered 219,785 petitions against the proposal.
March 4, 2014
Press Releases : Dwindling EPA Budget Reminder of Need for Dedicated Federal Funding for Community Water
Media Statement: "Community water systems were dealt a devastating blow today with the release of the President’s 2015 Fiscal Budget. For the fifth year in a row, the proposed federal budget will cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, and by extension, community water systems.
Media Statement: "Today President Obama released his 2015 budget showing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is being cut to implement the ‘Modernization of Poultry Inspection Rule’. We think a better name is ‘The Filthy Chicken Rule’."
March 3, 2014
Press Releases : Food & Water Watch Calls for Investigation Into Import Inspection Program at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
Media Statement: In light of recent lapses in the import inspection program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), I call on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to conduct an investigation into the increasing number of incidents associated with imported meat and poultry products not receiving proper inspection at ports-of-entry.
Press Releases : Survey: Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GMO Contamination
Press Release: This week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture wraps up its comment period on the feasibility of genetically engineered (GMO) and non-GMO crops to coexist, Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) releases survey results that clearly show contamination from GMO crops is happening and it’s non-GMO farmers who are paying the price.
February 28, 2014
Press Releases : Angelenos Celebrate City Council Vote to Write Fracking Moratorium
New Fact Sheets
There are no new Fact Sheets this week
New Issue Briefs
Issue Briefs : Organic Farmers Pay the Price for Contamination
Until genetically engineered crops (also described as GMOs) were introduced as a production method for U.S. farmers, "coexistence" between different sectors of agriculture was a fairly simple prospect.
There are no new Reports this week
March 6, 2014
He’s called an “arch-enemy of do-gooders” by 60 Minutes. Thanks to his orchestration of massive corporate PR campaigns using “deceptive corporate front groups” to discredit public interest efforts, he’s earned the nickname “Dr. Evil.” And now, thanks to our outsized effectiveness in relation to our relatively small budget, he’s targeting us.
Blogs : 3,000 Cows Living Next Door
With huge influence over lawmakers, the dairy industry in New Mexico is protected by what is called the “Right to Farm” Act. In the recent legislative session, there was an attempt to exempt agricultural facilities from prosecution for nuisance such as flies, smell and water contamination. The proposed amendment came on the heels of a number of nuisance suits that were filed by multiple residents neighboring big dairy farms this past year.
March 5, 2014
Food & Water Watch Executive Director and Foodopoly author Wenonah Hauter recently attended her third TEDxManhattan to, as she put it, “talk about one of the bummers.” Again. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” rule, more aptly called the “Filthy Chicken Rule,” and it impacts all of us, whether we eat chicken or not. Find out what happens if implemented.
I wrote my book Foodopoly to take on the handful of companies that control most of the food we eat and also profit from factory farms. Poultry, dairy and eggs are produced in an industrialized system that values profit and “economic efficiency” over food safety, animal welfare or fairness for farmers. So, it was with a critical eye that I read the recent New York Times article about how good factory farmed hens in California have it because their cages are slightly more roomy than chickens raised in factory farms in other states.
March 4, 2014
Thank you to everyone who helped make Wenonah Hauter's book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food & Farming in America a HUGE success. The first leg of her tour included over 100 events in more than 80 cities. The softcover version of Foodopoly is now available at your local bookstore and online. Get it while it's hot!