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Detroit Needs a Water Affordability Plan

Published on May 27, 2015 - Issue Briefs: 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.

Factory Farm Nation: 2015 Edition

Published on May 27, 2015 - Reports: 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.

Why We Need to Ban Fracking on U.S. Public Lands

Published on May 12, 2015 - Fact Sheets: We must ban fracking on public lands to protect our climate, public health and national parks for the benefit and enjoyment of all Americans.

Fracking and Earthquakes

Published on May 04, 2015 - Issue Briefs: Fracking, along with the disposal of toxic fracking waste through underground injection control wells, has been linked to induced seismicity — in other words, to human-caused earthquake activity.

The State of Michigan Must Permanently Decommission Enbridge's Line 5

Published on May 01, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Any sort of leakage from Line 5, which carries light crude oil and natural gas liquids, would spew toxins into the Great Lakes, the largest cluster of freshwater lakes in the world and the drinking water source for over 35 million people.

The Constitution Pipeline Threatens Several Rare Bat Species

Published on April 27, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Among the adverse environmental impacts from building the Constitution Pipeline -- a 124-mile transportation system for moving fracked Marcellus shale gas from Pennsylvania into the Northeast market -- is potential harm to several rare species of bats, one of which is federally identified as threatened and another as endangered.

Protect Your Right to Know: Stop the DARK Act

Published on April 09, 2015 - Fact Sheets: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act -- sponsored by Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and a brainchild of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) -- would make the already inadequate approval process for genetically engineered (GMO) foods even worse.

Corporate Control in Animal Science Research

Published on April 08, 2015 - Reports: Corporate agribusinesses depend on favorable science to gain regulatory approval or market acceptance of products such as new animal drugs, and they depend on academic journals to deliver this science. To secure favorable scientific reviews, industry groups play an enormous role in the production of scientific literature, authoring journal articles, funding academic research and also serving as editors, sponsors or directors of scientific journals where much of their research is published.

Ban Fracking in Florida

Published on March 10, 2015 - Fact Sheets: Current U.S. energy policy aims at maximizing production of oil and gas by drilling and fracking tens of thousands of new wells each year, across the country. Florida will be among the states that most suffer from this path.

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.
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