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October 28, 2014

Press Releases : GM Salmon Company Fined Heavily for Repeated Violations in Panama

October 28, 2014—Brussels and Washington, DC. Officials in Panama fined U.S. biotech company AquaBounty Technologies a near-maximum US$9,500 after ruling that the company has been operating in violation of environmental regulations during its experiments with genetically modified (GM) salmon. Food & Water Europe, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth U.S. today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to terminate its ongoing safety review of GM salmon and to reject AquaBounty's pending application to sell the company’s GM fish in the United States.

Press Releases : AquaBounty Fined for Repeated Environmental Violations on Genetically Engineered Salmon

Officials in Panama have ruled that AquaBounty Technologies has been operating in violation of environmental regulations as it experiments with genetically engineered (GE) salmon in that country. In a decision that could challenge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) ongoing safety assessment of AquaBounty’s GE salmon, Panamanian officials fined the company $9500. Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth called on the FDA today to terminate its regulatory review and deny AquaBounty’s pending regulatory application to sell the company’s GE fish in the United States.

October 27, 2014

Press Releases : Privatized Food Inspection Raises More Safety Concerns

Food & Water Watch today urged USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to reassess the agency's positions on equivalency for privatized inspection systems.

New Fact Sheets

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New Issue Briefs

Issue Briefs : Haddonfield’s Water Future

Haddonfield, New Jersey should retain local public ownership of its water resources to best protect the interests of consumers and the environment.

New Reports

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New Blogs

October 31, 2014

Blogs : Water Markets: A False Solution to a Real Crisis

If we have learned anything from the water shut-offs in Detroit and the ongoing water crisis in the Western U.S., it is that every community deserves access to safe and reliable water, regardless of its ability to pay. Yet a new movement is afoot to transfer control of our water to new water markets. Despite the evidence privatizing water doesn’t work, water privatization and market-based schemes are still being pushed upon the public as a solution. Specifically, we are seeing the idea of water markets gain attention, especially in response to the Western drought. While not a new idea, the widespread use of water markets, which represents the financialization of all of our common resources, is relatively new. They are a false solution that assigns the benefits of our investment in this common resource to a small few at the expense of everyone else, and do little to ensure adequate supply to anyone.

Blogs : Frackers in Bed with Dr. Evil: Covers Pulled Off

Berman and his associate Jack Hubbard were taped giving a speech before the Western Energy Alliance, a trade association for the oil and gas industry, where they shared a few pages from their playbook for attacking and attempting to discredit progressive causes.

October 28, 2014

Blogs : Sysco-US Foods Merger More Trick Than Treat

Last December, Sysco, the United State’s largest food distribution company, announced it wanted to buy its largest competitor, US Foods.

October 25, 2014

Blogs : Filmmaker: Dear Governor Brown is about “Democracy versus Dollars”

“In California, the story of the anti-fracking movement is about protecting what people have already worked so hard to protect,” said filmmaker Bunker Seyfert. “People understand the problems with fracking, they understand what’s at stake – polluted air and water – and they’re mobilized against it. The only reason it seems like a fight is that there are millions of dollars being poured into it by one of the wealthiest industries in the world.”