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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 956
December 9, 2013
Press Release: Last week, a representative from the USDA’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Office informed Food & Water Watch staff that its invitation to participate in a USDA event featuring CFC registered organizations had been cancelled. The representative stated in an email on December 5, “I regret to inform you that I’ve been notified your organization has not been approved for entrance into USDA to attend the USDA-CFC event on December 10, 2013. I do not have specific information on the reason approval was not granted other than the security clearance was not approved based on the organization, not you as individuals.”
December 5, 2013
Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch released an in-depth analysis of the consolidation of the grocery industry and the range of impacts it has on the food chain. Grocery Goliaths: How Food Monopolies Impact Consumers examines 100 types of grocery products and found that the top four or fewer food companies control a substantial majority of the sales of each item.
December 4, 2013
Media statement: “Today the USDA released its new Salmonella Action Plan, which highlights a controversial proposal to radically change inspection of poultry products as a top priority in battling salmonella. Unfortunately, this new packaging doesn’t make the ‘Modernization of Poultry Inspection’ proposal any more logical or protective of public health. It is still a deregulation of the poultry industry that will put consumers, workers and even animal welfare at risk.”
November 26, 2013
Farmer, Rancher and Consumer Groups Celebrate New “COOL” Thanksgiving as Improved Food Labels Take Effect this Week
Media Statement: s families settle in to celebrate Thanksgiving, it will have a renewed all-American emphasis as a result of the new Country-of-Origin Labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products that went into effect this week. The commonsense labels provide clearer, more transparent and more accurate information to let consumers know where their food comes from for Thanksgiving.
November 21, 2013
Press Release: AquaBounty’s experimental production facility of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in Panama is missing multiple legally required permits and inspections, including a wastewater discharge permit, according to an administrative claim filed today in Panama by the environmental group Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panama (CIAM).
Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth were part of an international coalition of groups who supported CIAM’s administrative claim by submitting a letter to Panamanian authorities today, which raises serious questions regarding AquaBounty’s ability to comply with basic environmental regulations.
“These allegations suggest a dangerous pattern of non-compliance and mismanagement by AquaBounty, raising the likelihood of an environmentally damaging escape of these fish,” said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety. “This news further undermines the empty assurances that AquaBounty and the Food and Drug Administration have given the public and suggests that Panama’s environmental laws may have also been broken.”
November 20, 2013
Press Release: On Nov. 8, the fast food mega-chain McDonald’s announced they had “no plans” to use the genetically engineered Arctic apple. Today the advocacy group Food & Water Watch delivered a letter signed by more than 100,000 Americans telling the fast food giant to go a step further and agree not to source a new genetically engineered potato from one of its main potato suppliers that is up for approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
November 19, 2013
Press Release: Today, celebrities and environmental advocates — including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others — will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate Coloradans about the dangers that fracking poses, and to put pressure on Governor Hickenlooper to ban fracking and move to a renewable energy economy instead.
Press Release: Today, celebrities and environmental advocates—including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate Americans about the dangers that fracking poses to the nation, and to put pressure on government officials to move to a renewable energy economy instead.
Press Release: Today, some of California’s most famous environmental advocates — including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate California residents about the dangers that fracking poses to the Golden State, and to put pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking and move toward a renewable energy economy instead.
November 18, 2013
“Food & Water Watch was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that Governor Martin O’Malley—a longtime friend to the big poultry companies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore—has broken his promise to the environmental community to help curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Last Friday, the Maryland State Department of Agriculture withdrew regulations that would have addressed the poultry industry’s 1.5 billion annual pounds of manure runoff from farms into local waterways.
“Last month, the O’Malley Administration pledged to implement the Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT), a critical chicken manure application tool that would help hold the poultry industry accountable for excess phosphorous runoff from chicken manure into the Chesapeake Bay. While the Administration promised to implement the program completely by January 2015, the decision to withdraw PMT will surely hurt any legitimate efforts to address pollution in the Bay.