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Antibiotic Resistance 101: How Antibiotic Misuse on Factory Farms Can Make You Sick

Published on March 06, 2015 - Reports: Antibiotics are critical tools in human medicine. Medical authorities are warning that these life-saving drugs are losing their effectiveness, and there are few replacement drugs in the pipeline. Bacteria evolve in response to the use of antibiotics both in humans and in animals. Those bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics prosper as antibiotics kill the non-resistant bacteria. Once they emerge, antibiotic-resistant (AR) bacteria can transfer AR traits to other bacteria in animals and the environment. The development of antibiotic resistance is hastened by the use of low doses of antibiotics at industrial farms. The drugs are used routinely, not to treat sick animals, but for growth promotion and disease prevention, a practice known as subtherapeutic use.

The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking

Published on March 03, 2015 - Reports: Food & Water Watch calls for a ban on fracking because of the significant risks that accompany it. This report reviews the most recent scientific studies and renews the call for the prohibition of fracking worldwide.

Abusive Poultry Contracts Require Government Action

Published on February 06, 2015 - Fact Sheets: The poultry sector is dominated by a few large poultry processing companies that control every step of chicken production -- from chicks to cutlets.

Ocean Acidification: How CO2 Emissions and False Solutions Threaten Our Oceans

Published on January 30, 2015 - Reports: 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.

Genetically Engineered Food: Human Health Risks

Published on January 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: At the very least, consumers should have the right to know if the foods they are buying and eating have been genetically engineered.

How GMO Crops Hurt Farmers

Published on January 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: With the rise of GMO crops, coexistence between organic, non-GMO and GMO production has become more difficult due to the potential for gene flow and commingling of crops at both the planting and harvesting levels.

The Case for GMO Labeling

Published on January 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Unlike traditional plant and animal breeding, which tries to develop better varieties by selecting traits from the same species, genetic engineering techniques can insert specific genes from any plan, animal or microorganism into the DNA of a different species.

How Much Will Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Really Cost?

Published on January 08, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Whenever the subject of mandatory labeling of GMO foods comes up, the food industry claims that labeling will be prohibitively expensive.

EU Version: The So-Called Scientific "Consensus": Why the Debate on GMO Safety is Not Over

Published on November 25, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Biotechnology seed companies, aided by advocates from academia and the blogosphere, are using their substantial resources to broadcast the myth of a "scientific consensus" on the safety of genetically engineered crops (hereafter GMOs), asserting their data is in and the debate is over.

Español: El Falso "Consenso Científico": El Debate en Torno a los Transgénicos no ha Terminado

Published on November 25, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Las empresas de biotecnología agraria, junto a sus partidarios del mundo académico y la blogosfera, están usando todos sus recursos para difundir el mito de que existe "consenso científico" en torno a la seguridad de los cultivos y alimentos transgénicos.

Haddonfield's Water Future

Published on October 27, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Haddonfield, New Jersey should retain local public ownership of its water resources to best protect the interests of consumers and the environment.

The Bakken Boom: East Coast at Risk

Published on October 07, 2014 - Fact Sheets: Fracked oil from the Bakken Shale has put North Dakota at "the center of a revolution," now yielding more oil than Alaska and rising to second place for production behind Texas. But, as production soars, so does the demand for pipelines, trains and barges to transport Bakken crude oil to refineries, increasingly on the East Coast, the most densely populated region of the United States.

The So-Called Scientific "Consensus": Why the Debate on GMO Safety is Not Over

Published on September 15, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Biotechnology seed companies, aided by advocates from academia and the blogopsphere, are using their substantial resources to broadcast the myth of a "scientific consensus" on the safety of GMOs, asserting that the data is in and the debate is over.

Toxic Workplace: Fracking Hazards on the Job

Published on August 28, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Oil and gas workers are being injured and even killed from accidents, and are being exposed to harmful toxins while on the job.

Incentivizing Fracking: The EPA's "Clean Power Plan"

Published on August 25, 2014 - Issue Briefs: On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new “Clean Power Plan.” The plan aims to cut the nation’s carbon emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Monsanto's Seed Company Subsidiaries

Published on June 12, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The rise of genetic engineering has not only diminished the ability for farmers to practice their own methods of seed selection, but also turned another sector of agriculture into a business monopolized by a few corporations.

Reading's Water Lease and the Costs of Privatization

Published on May 28, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The Reading City Council is considering opening up the city’s water system to privatization.

Grain Reserves: Common-Sense Farm Policy

Published on May 23, 2014 - Fact Sheets: Farming is a tough job. Farmers deal with unstable weather patterns and have just a few buyers for most crops. This leads to boom-and-bust swings between bumper crops and dire shortages. Income isn't guaranteed, and farmers are required to put a lot on the line to get their crop into the ground.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track to a Gusher of Imported Fish

Published on May 14, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The TPP will increase imports of potentially unsafe and minimally inspected fish and seafood products, exposing consumers to more and more dangerous seafood.

Aqua America: A Corporate Profile

Published on May 08, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Aqua America is the second largest publicly traded U.S. water utility company, serving nearly three million people in eight states.
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