In just ten years, Food & Water Watch has grown into your powerful advocate for healthy food and clean water for all. Thanks to you and our nearly one million supporters, we have won some incredible victories that show the power of people can overcome even the most powerful corporations. Together with allies, activists and grassroots partners, we are demanding that our democracy work to improve people’s lives AND protect the environment. There is no more important fight for today and for the future of life on the planet!
- Banned Fracking in New York – Thanks to Food & Water Watch and our allies in New Yorkers Against Fracking, after years of public education and grassroots organizing with hundreds of local groups and thousands of concerned residents, Governor Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York State in 2014. We also just won a campaign with allies in 2015 that got a multi-year moratorium on fracking in Maryland.
- Got Toxic Arsenic out of the Meat We Eat – We helped pass a bill in Maryland to ban the use of arsenic in chicken feed in 2012. The pressure from Food & Water Watch supporters and our allies continued, and we convinced the FDA to end the use of arsenic drugs nationally in 2015.
- Sparked the National Movement to Ban Fracking – In 2011, Food & Water Watch became the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking. We were a founding member of Americans Against Fracking, which now includes over 400 local, state and national organizations. We also helped form state coalitions in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania, and are organizing to stop fossil fuel infrastructure projects (pipelines, export terminals, etc.) across the country. The grassroots movement has so far passed over 500 measures against fracking.
- Passed First-Ever GMO Labeling Laws in Connecticut, Maine and Vermont – We campaigned successfully with allies to pass the first laws in the country to require labeling of genetically engineered ingredients, and we have supported ongoing efforts in more than 20 states to require GMO labeling.
- Kept Drinking Water Under Public Control– Food & Water Watch has worked with community members to stop attempts by private water companies to privatize local water systems across the country, including in Akron, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Trenton, New Jersey; Fort Worth, Texas; and many more.
- Helped Fight Toxic Drinking Water in Flint, Mich. –Working with local groups facing health impacts from contaminated drinking water, we successfully pressured Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to switch Flint water from the toxic Flint River back to Detroit Water.
- Reduced the Use of Bottled Water – We exposed the environmental, health and equity problems with the bottled water industry sparking a national movement against its use and have worked with concerned residents and community organizations from coast to coast to stop Nestlé from bottling local water supplies. Through our Take Back the Tap campaign at 50 colleges, we are training the next generation of activists to keep our water clean and available for all and eliminating the use of bottled water on college campuses.
- Kept Your Food Safer – We prevented Big Ag from weakening key meat inspection rules that are critical to keeping our food safe. After years of work, we helped to pass a bill to require country of origin labels on meat and produce to give consumers important information about their food and continue to protect the law in the courts and Congress.
- Defeated Port Ambrose LNG Facility – Food & Water Watch worked with allies to pressure New York’s Governor Cuomo to veto the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility in New York. The Governor vetoed the project in November 2015.
- Provided a Blue Print to Protect Peoples’ Access to Safe Food and Clean Water – With over a dozen field offices, and nearly 100 staff, Food & Water Watch has grown as a force in the larger progressive movement by involving large numbers of people in the political process, and amplifying their voices to oppose fracking, label GMOs, keep food safety and organic standards strong, and keep water under public control.
We are strategic in the issues we work on—breaking down larger systemic problems into winnable campaigns so that we can build for bigger victories in the future. Our campaigns are built on a foundation of grassroots organizing and policy and legal advocacy, backed by rigorous research and communications.
Finally, we advocate with uncompromising positions, because that is what it’s going to take to win. We’re able to do this because we are truly independent of corporate and government influence in our policy and advocacy work. We take no corporate or government money, relying on individuals and foundations for support.