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Hanging on for Pure Life

As many consumers in the United States and Europe are dropping bottled water, the industry is beginning to see a decline in sales. In fact, between 2007 and 2010, Nestlé Waters, the biggest water bottler in the world, saw its total sales drop 12.6 percent. Today, Nestlé appears to have developed new strategies to combat this challenging sales climate, which center around its Pure Life brand. Unfortunately, while the brand has been profitable, these tactics do not bode well for public water in the United States or abroad.

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The Perils of the Global Soy Trade: Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts

Europe: Globalization has fundamentally changed agriculture across Europe. The idyllic image of small farms with sustainable agriculture has been replaced with agricultural cogs producing food-ingredient inputs for international industrial agri-businesses. The pork chops and chickens on European tables begin their lives far away on soybean plantations in Latin America, where the feed for European livestock is harvested.

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Proposed Linconshire Mega-Dairy Could Generate As Much Waste as London

Brussels — Food & Water Europe has formally objected to renewed plans for the EU’s biggest dairy at Nocton, in Lincolnshire in the UK, saying that despite hundreds of pages in dozens of supporting documents, the application fails to adequately account for how the local aquifer can accommodate the massive needs of the dairy, and how to deal with annual waste levels on par with London’s.

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New Report Refutes Industry Argument that Genetically Modified Salmon will Feed Hungry World Populations

Press Release: Food & Water Europe released a report today outlining why the genetically engineered (GE) salmon currently being considered by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval as a human food will not alleviate global hunger.

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EU’s Temporary Ban on Cloning Hypocritical, Indefensible

Press Statement: The EU today surprised and angered consumers with a half-hearted ‘ban’ on cloning in the EU that failed to extend the ban to imported products from clones, and food from clone offspring. The Commission has completely dodged the real issues and placed the EU in a completely hypocritical situation. They acknowledged the ethical minefield posed by cloning, yet apparently feel it is ok to profit from it as long as it happens outside the EU.

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Un Regard sur le Mauvais Palmarès de Veolia Environnement aux Etats-Unis

“Le palmarès de Veolia aux Etats-Unis est catastrophique,” a déclaré Wenonah Hauter, directrice exécutive de Food & Water Europe. “Néanmoins, la grave crise financière rend les communautés plus vulnérable aux efforts de Veolia à développer leur entreprise. Il est important que les communautés possèdent l’ensemble des faits avant que leurs réseaux d’eau soient ciblés.

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FSA’s Cop Out on Cloned Animal Oversight Outrages Consumer Watchdog

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Europe condemned statements from UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chair Lord Rooker about food from clones in Wednesday’s FSA Board meeting, where media reports quoted him saying, “You can’t regulate what you can’t count and what you can’t check on. That is an impossibility.”

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Food & Water Europe Speaks at Green MEP Press Conference on Offshore Drilling Safety in EU

Today, Gabriella Zanzanaini, Director of European Affairs for Food & Water Europe, spoke at a press conference held by Green party Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) about the safety of the 27 deepwater oil drilling facilities in the North Sea after the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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European Parliament to Vote on Controversial Factory Fish Farm Practice

Press Release: On Thursday, a week before the European Parliament is set to debate a new report that will lay the foundation for a European-wide policy for sustainable aquaculture, Food & Water Europe released a report detailing the damage caused by a particularly controversial type of aquaculture supported by the agency. Known as open ocean aquaculture (or factory fish farming), the practice consists of the mass-production of fish using floating cages or net pens in open waters.

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Gulf of Mexico Disaster a Cautionary Tale for Europe

Press Release: In response to BP’s lax safety record in the United States and cozy relationships between oil companies and regulators there, D.C.-based Food & Water Watch and its European program Food & Water Europe are warning European authorities they must strengthen their oversight and inspections of deepwater oil platforms operating in European waters.