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Food & Water Europe Welcomes Withdrawal of Plans for a Mega Dairy in the UK

Media Brief: Food & Water Europe welcomes the news that plans for a mega-dairy of 8,100 cows in Lincolnshire have been withdrawn.

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Water for Flowers

Its waters covering about 50 square miles5 of Kenya‚ Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha (elevation 6,200 feet) sits 62 miles north of Nairobi. Communities thrived along its shores 4,000 years ago. The Maasai people long grazed their cattle along the lake‚ banks.6

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Cap-and-Trade for Water: A Bad Idea for People and the Planet

Press Statement: ‚Yesterday, the CEO of Climate Exchange PLC trotted out the incredibly bad idea to, essentially, apply the flawed model of carbon cap-and-trade markets to water. The head of the UK-based company that made millions of dollars last year from its business facilitating carbon trading wants to take this scheme that has failed to reduce emissions of climate changing carbon gas and apply it to water extraction rights from the Great Lakes, according to an interview titled, ‚Water cap and trade,” posted yesterday on Global Dashboard: Notes from the Future.

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Cargill: Key Player in Global Food Crisis

Press Release: One of the key players in the global food market, Cargill, is profiled in a new report released today by the national consumer group Food & Water Watch. The report, entitled “Cargill: A Corporate Threat to Food and Farming”, details Cargill‚ vast influence over international trade and how the company threatens consumers, family farmers, workers, the environment, and even entire economies around the world.

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New Report Highlights the Trouble with Smithfield

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch released a new report arming consumers with the facts about a major player in the meat business, Smithfield Foods. The new report, “The Trouble With Smithfield: A Corporate Profile”, details the damage the world‚ largest pork producer has caused to the environment, animal welfare, public health, family farmers, and workers around the world.

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Lake Naivasha

saac Ouma Oloo remembers Kenya‚ Lake Naivasha as pristine, its waters sustaining an abundance of fish, lions, antelope, leopards, hippopotamuses, and birds. But the overuse of water and environmental destruction caused by international flower farms have fouled his memories of the lake. ‚Kenya is a begging country,” he says. ‚Were among the top on the list of the World Food Programme for food donations, even though in Naivasha we have a freshwater lake that would allow us to grow food to feed ourselves. Yet we take this water to grow flowers and then ship them 5,000 miles to Europe so that people can say I love you, darling and then throw them away three days later. To me that is an immoral act.”

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Sweating the Small Stuff

Nanotechnology has been touted as the next revolution in many industries, with more than 300 nanoproducts already on the market and sales of over $30 billion in 2005. This includes everything from sunscreen and stain resistant clothing to food, food packaging and dietary supplements.

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Food Safety Consequences of Factory Farms

Today, many of the meat and dairy products sold in the United States come from factory farms – industrial-scale facilities where tens of thousands of animals are crowded together in tight conditions and cannot carry out normal behaviors such as grazing, rooting and pecking.

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Faulty Pipes

From maintenance problems in Atlanta and sewage spills in Milwaukee, to corruption in New Orleans and political meddling in Lexington, the recent history of water privatization in the United States is marred by underachievement and failure. During the 1990s, corporations – many of them multi-billion-dollar conglomerates based overseas – persuaded communities throughout the nation to transfer control of their systems to the private sector.