New Press Releases
May 29, 2015
Press Releases : Gov. Hogan Quietly Passes Fracking Moratorium
Over Memorial Day weekend, Governor Hogan announced that he would not veto the bill (HB 449/SB409) and will allow it to pass into law without his signature.
May 28, 2015
Press Releases : Canadian Risk Assessment Finds GMO Salmon Susceptible to Disease
A never-before-seen draft environmental review of AquaBounty Technologies’ (ABTX) genetically engineered (GE) salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists disagree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on key questions related to the safety and performance of what may be the first GE animal approved for human consumption. In light of these findings, Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Consumers Union today called on the FDA to terminate its ongoing review of GE salmon. The partially redacted, 400-page draft risk assessment from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans makes startling findings about the welfare and performance of GE salmon, including that GE salmon:
May 27, 2015
Press Releases : Factory Farms Continue to Dominate U.S. Livestock Industry
The size of factory farms in the United States continued a two-decade trend and grew significantly larger from 1997 to 2012, reveals updated data released today by the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
Press Releases : Gov. Hogan’s Multi-Year Fracking Moratorium for Maryland is Prudent
Given all that we now know about fracking, including inevitable air and water pollution, human health risks, and even earthquakes, Governor Hogan's decision to enable a multi-year moratorium on the extreme drilling process is certainly prudent.
May 26, 2015
Press Releases : Food & Water Watch and Water Defense Call For Halt to Irrigating Food Crops with Oil Field Wastewater in Nation’s Produce Basket
Press Release: National advocacy organizations Food & Water Watch and Water Defense are calling on California Governor Jerry Brown to protect Americans who consume California produce by ending the practice of using toxic oil field wastewater for irrigation. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times revealed that testing by Water Defense had found toxic industrial chemicals present in the recycled oil field wastewater used to irrigate crops in California’s Central Valley.
Press Releases : USDA Sneaks Beef Import Approvals from Brazil and Argentina
As has become a common practice by the Obama administration, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) transmitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget over a federal holiday weekend two major final rules that would open up imports of fresh beef products from Brazil and Argentina, hoping that no one was paying attention.
New Fact Sheets
There are no new Fact Sheets this week
New Issue Briefs
May 27, 2015
Issue Briefs : Detroit Needs a Water Affordability Plan
To avoid violating basic human rights and creating a public health crisis, Detroit must stop residential shutoffs, restore service to disconnected households and implement a broad and accessible affordability program.
Reports : Factory Farm Nation: 2015 Edition
Over the last two decades, small- and medium-scale farms raising livestock have given way to factory farms that confine thousands of cows, hogs and chickens in tightly packed facilities. Farmers have adopted factory farming practices largely at the behest of the largest meatpackers, pork processors, poultry companies and dairy processors. The largest of these agribusinesses are practically monopolies, controlling what consumers get to eat, what they pay for groceries and what prices farmers receive for their livestock.
May 29, 2015
Blogs : Merger Mania Spring Updates
2015 is shaping up to be the year of food mega mergers, which is bad news for consumers.
May 28, 2015
Separated by over 500 miles, Detroit and Baltimore share a few common qualities. Residents of both cannot afford to pay their water bills.
May 27, 2015
Factory farms produce more than just the majority of the meat, milk and eggs we consume—they breed disease, misery and pollution. In fact, every day, America’s factory farms produce enough waste to fill the Empire State Building
May 26, 2015
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times published Water Defense’s results of testing it has conducted on recycled oil field wastewater used to irrigate crops in California. Over a two-year time period Water Defense’s Chief Scientist, Scott Smith, collected samples from treated water sold to the Cawelo Water District. The results? The water contained powerful industrial solvents toxic to humans—higher than he’d seen previously at oil spill sites. Industry officials and the water district told the Times they think the water is safe for crops, citing that they are complying with testing requirements. In a video released today, Scott takes us to the meeting point of the freshwater and the recycled water for irrigation. Scott told us the tar balls and oil slicked water he saw were just like what he witnessed from the Gulf oil spill. We talked to him about how this practice has been monitored, and what this news means for advocates for our food and water.
The Senate ultimately passed Fast Track after a surprisingly contentious and difficult week of trade debate late last Friday night. The big business-Republican leadership-Obama administration alliance had hoped to generate momentum for Fast Track by scoring a swift and easy victory in the Senate. Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a “robust” amendment process, debate over amendments was cut off and only a few amendments were even considered. The Senate defeated important amendments to increase funding for assistance to workers who lost their jobs because of trade (offered by Senator Brown, D-Ohio), to prevent other countries from manipulating their currency and artificially increasing their exports (Senators Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio) and to prevent the corporate lawsuits against consumer and environmental protections (Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts).