Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Milwaukee Water System Lease Could Cost Community Millions Per Year
Leasing the Milwaukee Water Works to a private company for 99 years could cost the Milwaukee community a total of $17 million to $31 million a year, finds a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Issue 2 Passes: Agribusiness Rewrites Ohio's Constitution
“The Farm Bureau-sponsored campaign to change Ohio’s constitution and give industrialized agriculture control over livestock issues succeeded with the passage of ballot Issue 2. Consumers, small family farmers and the neighbors of large, industrialized animal operations are the losers.” “The grassroots coalition opposing Issue 2, Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover (Ohio ACT), faced a David and Goliath battle. Outspent by a factor of 40 to 1, the coalition faced-off against an entrenched, well-financed and powerful industry.”
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Monday, November 02, 2009
Issue 2 PAC Tries to Distract Ohio Voters by Stifling Ads
"As the campaign over Issue 2, a proposal to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, comes down to the wire, the livestock industry is trying one last trick to squelch the debate. Recently, Food & Water Watch placed radio ads throughout Ohio to warn Ohio voters that Issue 2 would create a board that is dominated by factory farms. The Ohioans for Livestock Care PAC pressured the media to pull our message off the air by contacting Clear Channel Communications, Inc., owner of the radio stations currently set to run our ads.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Food & Water Watch Joins with Local Community Leaders and Businesses to Launch Grand Rapids Take Back the Tap Campaign
Today, Food & Water Watch, the Wege Foundation, the Grand Rapids City Commission, Gilmore Collection restaurants, Grand Rapids Community College and Saint Mary’s Health Care joined together to launch Take Back the Tap Grand Rapids. The campaign highlights the social, economic, and environmental problems with the bottled water industry; the need for increased funding for public tap water; and the importance of celebrating and protecting Michigan’s watersheds.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Bill to Prevent Privatization of Milwaukee Water Works Would Protect Vital Public Resource
“Last week, State Representative Frederick P. Kessler (12th Assembly District) introduced a bill to the Wisconsin State Assembly that would forbid the privatization of the Milwaukee Water Works. A publically controlled utility, the water works has been the subject of intense debate since October 2008 when the Milwaukee Common Council took initial steps toward leasing it to a private company as a means of alleviating the city’s budget crunch.
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Monday, October 05, 2009
Food & Water Watch and BP Whistleblower to Specify Environmental and Health-Related Risks of Gulf Coast Atlantis Oil Platform
Food & Water Watch, a consumer advocacy organization, along with "John Doe," a former employee at British Petroleum (BP) and a whistleblower, will be available to speak to the media by telephone on Thursday, October 8 at 11 a.m. EST about the environmental and health-related risks associated with the BP Atlantis oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Dave Perry, the whistleblower's attorney; Mike Sawyer, a process safety engineer; Dr.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Bill to Establish Human Right to Water in California Passes State Assembly
“Last week, a bill that would declare the human right to water as a policy of the state of California passed out of the state legislature. Authored by Assembly Member Ira Ruskin (D- Redwood City) and co-sponsored by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, Assembly Bill 1242 would add language to the California Water Code guaranteeing all people in the state the right to clean, safe, affordable water.
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Newswire article
Friday, September 11, 2009
Trenton Water Utility Sale Would Undermine Public Trust Doctrine
New legal analysis in papers filed today in the Appellate Division for the New Jersey Superior Court by Food & Water Watch demonstrate that denying citizens of Trenton the right to vote on the sale of the city’s water utility to the private corporation American Water undermines fundamental principles in state law guaranteeing that water resources are economically and prudently managed for the benefit of the public.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Commercial and Recreational Fishermen and Renowned Scientist Join With Food & Water Watch For Hill Briefing on Ocean Fish Farming and Alternate Approaches
Today, at 11:30 a.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2103, Food & Water Watch joined with other fish experts for a briefing on the socioeconomic and ecological effects of open-ocean fish farming and alternate, more sustainable approaches to domestic seafood production. The briefing was in preparation for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife’s “Oversight Hearing on Offshore Aquaculture” tomorrow at 10 a.m.
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Newswire article
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Obama Administration Allows Factory Fish Farms in Gulf of Mexico
"Today, the very agency tasked with conservation and management of our national fish resources, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), failed to protect fishing communities and the marine environment by allowing an unpopular and potentially harmful ocean fish farming plan for the Gulf of Mexico to pass into effect. NMFS was involved for the entire five years this plan was under discussion, and had since January of 2009 to decide whether ocean fish farming is the right thing to do for the Gulf. Time for indecision ran out today.
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