Ban Alcoholic Energy Drinks
Lead Group: Marin Institute
Coffee: Farmers, consumers hostage to market dominance of a few
by Saliem FakirAfrican Agriculture
About 2.5 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Culture and coffee are treated as synonymous. Ever since te first coffee shops opened doors in the Middle East, around the 15th century onwards, coffee culture spread like wild fire in the western world.
Brush up on your campaign knowledge: Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
On Thursday May 6, 2011, at approximately 8:30 pm, in Cundinamarca Soacha, Marin Jose Ferney was shot three times and killed by unidentified assailants while was selling Coca-Cola products on his route which runs out of BS 2564, the distribution center south of Bogota DC. One hypothesis is that they came to steal the money from the sale and resistance.
Oxfam America explores Coca-Cola/SABMiller value chain’s impact on poverty reduction
by Chris JochnickOxfam
As the anti-globalization movement gained traction 10 years ago, it was widely reported that of the top 100 global economies, 51 were multinational corporations. For developing countries, the size of these companies was something to be feared, and activists scored a number of victories campaigning around labor, human rights, and environmental scandals.
Take Back the Tap Curriculum
Food and Water Watch
Engage and mobilize young people to take action in their schools and communities. While the simple decision to stop at the water fountain rather than the vending machine can make a real difference, students can make a a much bigger impact by becoming experts and advocates for the right to clean, safe, and affordable tap water.
Tell Kraft You're Joining the Boycott of their Genetically Modified Foods!
In a recent e-mail to an OCA activist, Kraft Foods admitted it uses genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, saying, "We are not rejecting milk from BGH/BST supplemented herds." BGH/BST is the genetically modified Bovine Growth Hormone developed by Monsanto and now marketed by Eli Lilly. It was the first genetically modified organism to become part of the food supply.
Government to Introduce Legislation To Hold Coca-Cola Accountable
New Delhi: The state government of Kerala in India has approved a draft Bill to set up a tribunal which will allow individuals adversely affected by Coca-Cola’s bottling operations in Plachimada to seek compensation from the company. The state government is expected to introduce the Bill in the state legislature next week, and the Bill is expected to pass.
The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water
by Gleick and California Academy of
Peter Gleick, scientist and freshwater expert, talks about his latest book: Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water. Tap water is safe almost everywhere in the U.S. It takes far more water to make the plastic bottle than it even holds. Most bottled water is simply water from somebody else's tap! Why on earth does this industry continue to thrive?
The illusion of diversity: visualizing ownership in the soft drink industry
by Philip H. Howard Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Three firms control 89% of US soft drink sales [1]. This dominance is obscured from us by the appearance of numerous choices on retailer shelves. Steve Hannaford refers to this as "pseudovariety," or the illusion of diversity, concealing a lack of real choice [2]. To visualize the extent of pseudovariety in this industry we developed a cluster diagram to represent the number of soft drink brands and varieties found in the refrigerator cases of 94 Michigan retailers, along with their ownership connections.
Farm Bill Hearing; Sodas; Biofuels; and Climate Issues
by Keith GoodFarmPolicy
Yesterday’s article stated that, “‘I would argue caloric soda should be made ineligible for purchase under SNAP, like tobacco and alcohol,’ said Paarlberg, using the new name for food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He later said sugary sodas are ‘a huge part of the obesity problem.’
Starbucks Shareholders Reject Recycling Initiative
by  Sara Novak,TreeHugger
The idea that Starbucks seems to be the last to jump onto the recycling bandwagon sort of blows my mind. Especially when their contribution to the problem is so massive.
The Sustainable Shopping Basket [PDF]
German Council on sustainable Development
How can I achieve sustainability in everyday life? Is consistent, sustainable behaviour possible and practicable at all?
[PDF] The corporate stranglehold over the United Nations: How big business already wields significant power over the UN water agenda
by Richard Girard, Polaris InstituteBHRRC
[T]he World Water Council, its members and other corporations that make profit from buying and selling water.
The soda wars heat up—and the possibilities are thrilling
by Tom LaskawayGrist
To read the news, it would look like soda taxes are just around the corner. First, President Obama mildly suggested in an interview in Men’s Health that soda taxes were worth some consideration.
Coca-Cola's Lies About Sustainability Have Gone Too Far
by Amit Srivastava India Resource Center, via AlternetOCA
In 2007, facing growing opposition to its water management practices, particularly in India, Coca-Cola's CEO, Neville Isdell came up with a brilliant idea.
Global standards agreed for water stewardship
Governments and industry have agreed to work with scientists to draw up a set of standards that can be used as a yardstick for measuring the efficiency of water use.
FIJI: Fiji Water: Spin the Bottle
by Anna Lenzer Mother JonesCorpWatch
THE INTERNET CAFÉ in the Fijian capital, Suva, was usually open all night long. Dimly lit, with rows of sleek, modern terminals, the place was packed at all hours with teenage boys playing boisterous rounds of video games. But one day soon after I arrived, the staff told me they now had to shut down by 5 p.m. Police orders, they shrugged: The country’s military junta had declared martial law a few days before, and things were a bit tense.
Organic Dairy Farmers’ Rally — USDA Secretary Asked to Vigorously Enforce Organic Laws
West Salem, WI: An estimated 150-200 organic dairy farmers, and their supporters, from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa held a “demonstration” at the La Crosse County Fair on Thursday.
Dear CEO
On June 10th, EWG's President Ken Cook wrote a letter to Coca-Cola's Chairman and CEO, Muhtar Kent, calling on him to take immediate steps to reduce children's exposure to BPA. I thought you might like to read it - before or after you call the company yourself to reinforce his powerful words.
Cornucopia Institute: Many Organic Soy Food Brands Importing Beans from China
by Cornucopia Inst.OCA
Tremendous growth in the organic soy foods industry has occurred over the last two decades as consumers seek healthy dietary alternative sources of protein.
Tea Time: Deforestation, Drought and Death
by Kelly RossiterTreeHugger
Lipton has been practicing good stewardship for so long in Kericho that the Rainforest Alliance certification for their plantation there wasn't that big of a stretch, and the changes they were required to implement were minimal.
Victory!!Gov. Sebelius Vetoes rbGH Labeling Bill
by Jill RichardsonLa Vida Locavora
In one of Kathleen Sebelius' last days as Governor of Kansas, she did an amazing and perhaps unexpected thing. She vetoed a bill that would have "made it more difficult for dairy farmers who don't use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH) to label their milk as such" (in the words of Dr. Michael Hansen from Consumers Union).
Food Industry Pursues the Strategy of Big Tobacco
Kelly Brownell has long studied the relationship between rising levels of obesity in the U.S. and the way our food is grown, processed, packaged, and sold. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he discusses the common marketing and lobbying tactics employed by the food and tobacco industries.
Shareholder Advocacy Advance: PepsiCo Adopts Human Right to Water Policy
In a major advance for human rights, PepsiCo has adopted a human-right-to-water policy for its domestic and overseas operations. The announcement was made by the beverage giant on World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22.
Cafeteria Kickbacks
by Lucy KomisarIn these Times
At the end of the 2006 school year, children’s nutrition advocate Dorothy Brayley had a disturbing conversation with a local dairy representative. He had come to her office to discuss participation in the summer trade show of food providers she runs as director of Kids First Rhode Island.
Sustainable Water...
A coalition of six environmental groups is proposing that bottled water, beer, cola, and other products carry a label if they are produced from sustainable sources of water, much as some forest products and seafood are already being given a green seal of approval if they are sustainably harvested.
Oceanographer Charles Moore Discusses Pacific Garbage at TED Meeting
by TEDe360
Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, said that the massive use of plastic bottles — Americans purchase 2 million plastic bottles every 5 minutes — is leading to floating swaths of trash that are killing large numbers of seabirds and contaminating fish.
Ethiopia coffee exporters must sell stocks, says commodity exchange
by Daniel Wallis and Tsegaye TadesseAfrican Agriculture Blog
Ethiopian coffee exporters, accused of hoarding in Africa's biggest producer, must accept lower global prices and sell stocks, the head of Ethiopia's new commodity exchange said on January 30.
Bye Bye rbST?
by Steve TaylorLancaster Farming
For all intents and purposes, the New England dairy industry will be “rbST-free” by the end of summer 2009.
VitaminWater Sued Over Lack of Health Benefits
by Josh PetersonTreeHugger
Coca-Cola, the maker of VitaminWater, is being sued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest over alleged deceptive marketing practices. Those practices include using buzzwords like “definitely au naturel” and “triple antioxidants” on the product’s packaging.
High coffee prices spurred deforestation in Sumatra but effective law enforcement slowed forest loss
by R.
Law enforcement efforts can significantly deter deforestation in protected areas despite high pressure from agricultural expansion, reports a new study
Tea workers still waiting to reap Fairtrade benefits - Premium paid for ethical goods may not be passed on
by Parminder BahraBHRRC
.[An] investigation by The Times suggests that workers on plantations that supply Fairtrade tea are not seeing their lives improve as they should...
Starbucks' Union Blues [USA]
by Moire HerbstB&HRCC
Starbucks…has long cultivated a corporate image for social responsibility...and sensitivity to workers' rights. Now that carefully crafted reputation is under assault, thanks to a messy legal dispute with a group called the Starbucks Workers Union (SWU)
Chinese Dairies Agree to Pay $160 Million to Tainted-Milk Victims
by David Barboza , New York Times CorpWatch
A group of Chinese dairy companies blamed for selling contaminated milk that killed six children and sickened nearly 300,000 others earlier this year has agreed to pay $160 million in compensation to the victims and their families.
Waste & Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling
As You Sow
As You Sow’s second Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report evaluates new and ongoing efforts by beverage producers to: 1. reduce materials use 2. increase recycled content in containers 3. raise recovery and recycling rates 4. support public policy initiatives to increase container recycling rates 5. disclose such activities to stakeholders
Industry Not Lowering Sodium in Processed Foods, Despite Public Health Concerns
Health experts have been ringing alarm bells about the amount of sodium, or salt, in processed foods for years. But according to discouraging new data published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, most food companies aren't listening.
American fast food is almost entirely made of corn
American fast food is almost entirely produced from corn according to a chemical analysis of dishes served at McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Starbucks, TransFair USA and Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International Announce Groundbreaking Initiative to Support Small-Scale Coffee Farmers
Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), TransFair USA and the Fairtrade Labelling Organiations International (FLO) today announced a groundbreaking initiative that builds upon the organizations' shared history of support for small-scale coffee farmers.
Bottled water firm steamed about Miami-Dade water ads
by Curtis MorganMiami Herald
In the radio ad, a talking faucet extols Miami-Dade's tap water as cheaper, purer and safer than bottled water.
ViewPoint - Brian Campbell of the ILRF
Brian Campbell of International Labor Rights Forum comments on the plight of cocoa farmers and workers.
VICTORY! Mayors Vote to End Taxpayer Spending on Bottled Water
The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution today encouraging mayors to phase out city spending on bottled water and to promote the importance of municipal water. The resolution, authored by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and sponsored by mayors from 17 major cities, aims to redirect taxpayer dollars to other essential city services.
A Town Torn Apart by Nestlé
by Michelle ConlinBusiness Week
Tucked into the foothills of Mount Shasta, the Northern California town of McCloud has no stoplights and one grocery store. A former logger's El Dorado, McCloud fell on hard times in the 1980s when it started running out of trees to cut down. But with its drop-dead panoramas and crisp, clean air, the burg started to limp back in the 1990s. Today it is a world-renowned paradise for trout anglers, a respite for burned-out boomers looking to escape the status race, and a hotbed of New Age seekers, some of whom jet in from Japan to meditate and chant in what they regard as a spiritual vortex.
Activists chide Yum over wrappers
by John MurawskiNews & Observer
The Dogwood Alliance, a forest conservation group in Asheville, wants the world's largest fast-food company to clean up its wrappers.
Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee
by Dean CyconBuy at Powell's
In each cup of coffee we drink the major issues of the twenty-first century — globalization, immigration, women's rights, pollution, indigenous rights, and self-determination — are played out in villages and remote areas around the world. In Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, a unique hybrid of Fair Trade business, adventure travel, and cultural anthropology, author Dean Cycon brings readers face-to-face with the real people who make our morning coffee ritual possible.
Alice Waters, 4 cities join anti-bottled water campaign to curb consumption
by Vinne TongAP Business
Cities around the nation are joining influential restaurateurs and activists in a public campaign to be launched Wednesday to convince consumers to choose tap water over bottles. Chez Panisse restaurant, run by celebrity chef Alice Waters in Berkeley, Calif., has joined Corporate Accountability International and others to promote tap water as safer and more environmentally conscious.
VICTORY! Starbucks Agrees to Hold the Hormones For Good
Food and Water Watch
Starbucks Coffee Company has already made a New Year's resolution! Today Starbucks committed to make 100% of the chain's milk supply free of artificial growth hormones by December 31, 2007. The Starbucks announcement follows nearly two years of pressure from Food & Water Watch, which launched the Hold the Hormones Campaign in 2006, asking consumers to demand the company buy better milk.
Some faith groups say bottled water immoral
by Rebecca U. ChoReligion News Service
December 15th, 2006
"Rooted in the notion that clean drinking water, like air, is a God-given resource that shouldn't be packaged and sold, a fledgling campaign against the bottling of water has sprung up among people of faith..."
All Charges Against Coke Protesters Dropped
November 1st, 2006
"In Mehdiganj, the marchers joined with thousands of local villagers and called for Coke's bottling facility there to be shut down..."


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