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World War II-era Drug Still Used in Chicken Feed Despite Health, Environment Risks

Press Release: Chicken has become ubiquitous in the American diet, with consumption tripling since the 1940s. Yet most people have no idea the meat they’re eating could be contaminated with one of the most well-known poisons in the world, according to a new report by consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

Protecting Our Water

BREAKING European Parliament Makes Strong Call to Implement Human Right to Water; Commission Should Listen Private versus Public There is a battle brewing over who owns water. A resource as vital as water should not be exposed to the highest bidder. In the past decade, the privatisation of water resources in Europe has seen a […]

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Common Resources Europe Fish food seafood

EU Version: No Jobs Here: Why Industrial Fish Farming’s Promise to Boost Local Economies Falls Flat

The open water aquaculture and salmon industries tout fish farms as an opportunity to create jobs. Given current economic struggles worldwide, any potential for a new industry to increase job opportunities is hard to dismiss. Viable, gainful employment is badly needed. Unfortunately, Food & Water Watch found that the jobs created by fish farms are unstable, in some cases undesirable, and are very few in number related to the number of fish produced. In fact, the trend in the industry has been to cut jobs to increase “efficiency,” and to abandon communities if better sites arise elsewhere. Moreover open water fish farms can threaten previously-existing jobs in tourism, recreational fishing and commercial fishing.

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Common Resources Europe Fish seafood

Fishy Formula: Why the European Strategy Doesn’t Add up to Sustainable Aquaculture

The European open water aquaculture industry is fraught with a variety of major problems including rampant disease outbreaks, pollution, escapes and depletion of wild fish populations used in feed.

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Food & Water Europe on the 3rd Forum for the Future of Agriculture and Forum-host Syngenta

“Organizations like Forum-host Syngenta are in the business of business, not of feeding people. Global hunger is a political problem that is not caused by too little food but by too little money, access and political will. Syngenta should push for real solutions – improving food access, reducing food inequality, cutting waste, and upgrading food distribution. Instead, Syngenta advances agrochemical-dependent strategies that result in products like the company’s pesticide Atrazine, which a recent University of California, Berkeley study found turned male frogs into females.”

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Common Resources Europe Water

Paris Reclaims Public Water

In June 2009, the Paris City Council announced that the city’s water system would revert to public control at the end of 2009, after a century of private control. Paris is one of more than 40 French municipalities and urban communities that reclaimed public control of their water systems over the last decade to reduce prices and improve services.

Food & Water Victories in Europe

Thousands of people have participated in the Global Frackdown, an international day of action that calls for a ban on fracking. As part of the ‘Global Frackdown to Paris’ and prior to the Paris COP21 climate summit, more than 1200 groups – including 250 European groups – signed our letter to world leaders ahead calling […]

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Unseen Hazards: from Nanotechnology to Nanotoxicity

Unfortunately, the enormous potential of nanotechnology to quell the world’s problems may be offset by its potential to cause harm. There is legitimate concern that the nano-sized particles employed in this new technology will have seriously damaging effects on the health of humans and the environment. Dozens of studies from the emerging field of nanotoxicity have already demonstrated hazards associated with nanoparticles.