New Press Releases
June 29, 2015
Press Releases : Food & Water Watch Denounces Beef Imports From Brazil, Argentina
“Today, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it has lifted decades old restrictions on the importation of fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina, countries with a history of the deadly disease of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in their animal herds.
June 25, 2015
Press Releases : New Tests Find Toxic Cocktail in Santa Barbara Spill
“These chemicals are a threat to our health and the health of our unborn,” said Dr. Kevin Beckmen, who has practiced Family Medicine in Solvang for fifteen years. “This spill has exposed this community to chemicals for which there are no safe levels of exposure. They can cause cellular damage and death with both immediate toxicity and long-term health effects including birth defects, abortion and cancer.”
Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the anti-consumer proposal to replace mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) with a voluntary labeling program for beef and pork products.
June 24, 2015
Press Releases : Documents Released Show Pa. Fracking Health Complaints, Negligence of State Agencies’ Response
Food & Water Watch released today an analysis of reams of documents it obtained from the state of Pennsylvania that clearly demonstrate an ongoing pattern of alarming inadequacy and negligence by the state Dept. of Health (DOH) in its response to fracking-related health complaints from state residents.
June 23, 2015
Press Releases : Ocean Acidification Threatens Marine Life, Food Security, Ecosystems and Coastal Livelihoods
Press Release: The biggest threat to our environment is carbon dioxide emissions, and lawmakers are increasingly alarmed about the impact it’s having on our oceans. A new Food & Water Watch report notes clear scientific evidence demonstrating how our oceans have been absorbing increasing levels of carbon dioxide at an alarmingly rapid rate thanks to pollution from burning fossil fuels and deforestation, which results in increasingly acidic waters. Ocean acidification endangers marine habitats, coastal regions, fisheries, livelihoods, environmental stability and food security.
Press Releases : Niagara Recall Highlights Safety Problems With Bottled Water
Media Statement: This week’s recall of ten brands of bottled water from Niagara Bottling is yet another reminder that bottled water is no safer than water from the tap.
Press Releases : Free-Trade Senate Democrats Provide Narrow Margin to Pass Fast Track
Media Statement: Today, the Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion to pass a degraded version of the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority that passed last month.
New Fact Sheets
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New Issue Briefs
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Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the earth’s atmosphere are causing a phenomenon called ocean acidification. As the oceans absorb more and more CO2, this results in seawater becoming more acidic and creates increasingly unfavorable conditions for calcifying sea life such as shellfish and corals. Unfortunately, these marine organisms are already experiencing the effects of acidification, which will only continue and increase with time.
June 25, 2015
Blogs : What Makes a Poison?
This month, a study by 174 scientists from 28 countries was released that, for the first time, looked at how low levels of exposure to 85 different chemicals over time could have synergistic impacts on the development of cancer.
June 24, 2015
In a stunning victory for people, independent restaurants and public cafeterias, a federal judge struck down the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods, the only two national food distribution companies in the United States.
June 23, 2015
Today, the Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle on a degraded version of the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority by the narrowest margin in the legislative mechanism’s history, 60-37.