Food & Water Watch

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Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch logo.png
Founded 2005 (2005)
Founder Wenonah Hauter (Executive Director)
Focus Environmental protection
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Area served
Key people
Maude Barlow (Chairperson)
Slogan Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all

Food & Water Watch is a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization group which focuses on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and corporate overreach. Resulting issue areas include stopping fossil fuel and fossil fuel extraction, regulating factory farms, advocating for renewable energy, fighting water privatization, stopping bad trade deals, increasing transparency in our food system, and standing up for human rights. Food and Water Watch employs a four-pronged effort focusing on public and policymaker education, lobbying, media, and Internet activism. Food & Water Watch was founded by staff from Public Citizen in 2005.

Food & Water Watch was the first U.S. national organization to call for a ban on fracking[1] and helped achieve fracking bans in New York (2014)[2] and Maryland (2017).[3] Food & Water Watch was the first to break the news of the high rate of salmonella in US chicken processing plants in July 2006.[4] Food and Water Watch has also been critical of the growing bottled water industry for health and environmental concerns.[5] On August 24, 2007, Food & Water Watch announced success in its effort to get Starbucks Coffee to stop using milk originating from rBGH-treated cows, after Starbucks, in a letter to executive director Wenonah Hauter,[6] stated that by December 31, 2007, all of the dairy products used in company-operated stores would be produced with rBGH-free milk.[7][8]

Food & Water Watch does not take government or corporate donations.[9] Charity Watch rates Food & Water Watch an "A" grade.[10]


  • The Clean Energy Revolution: the largest anti-fracking march in America's history. Held during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. March demands included:
    • A ban on fracking and other unconventional extreme fossil fuel extraction methods.
    • A halt to the rapid and reckless expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure including gas and oil pipelines, frac sand mining, wastewater injection wells, gas storage facilities, fossil fuel power plants, bomb trains, and other dirty infrastructure across the United States.
    • A ban on the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), a halt to the approval of export facilities, and a continuation of the ban on crude oil exports.
    • A stop to other dirty energy sources including incineration, nuclear power, and biomass.
    • Environmental justice for all to end the disproportionate impacts on low-income communities and communities of color.
    • Swift action to invest in solar, wind and other clean energy power sources and energy efficiency measures across the United States so that we can transition quickly to a 100% renewable energy economy.
    • A just transition for workers who are employed by the fossil fuel industry, and policies to ensure that the new renewable energy economy provides living wage jobs and benefits communities across the country.[11]
  • Off Fossil Fuels Campaign: a distributed organizing program launched in 2017 that aims to:
    • Cultivate climate champions in government
    • Ban fracking
    • Keep fossil fuels in the ground
    • Stop dangerous pipelines and infrastructure programs
    • Initiate an immediate and just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy[12]
  • Promotion of sustainable agriculture, local, organic farming and small-scale agriculture.
  • The Load of Crap campaign, an educational campaign about the dangers of factory farm waste/waste disposal and overuse of antibiotics on factory farms that included a Times Square billboard advertisement.
  • Restricting the practice of aquaculture in American waters.
  • Protection of drinking water standards, including campaigns to:
    • Keep water services publicly owned
    • Support the WATER Act, national legislation introduced in 2016 that would provide funding for public water infrastructure
  • Efforts to prevent sourcing of milk from cows treated with rBGH.

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  1. ^ "Ban Fracking Everywhere". Food & Water Watch. September 11, 2015. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  2. ^ Weltman, Eric (February 27, 2015). "How New York Activists Banned Fracking". In These Times. ISSN 0160-5992. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  3. ^ Wiggins, Ovetta; Hicks, Josh (March 28, 2017). "Maryland Senate gives final approval to fracking ban". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  4. ^ ElAmin, Ahmed (July 6, 2006). "Top poultry processors faulted for high Salmonella rates". Food Production Daily. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  5. ^ Denner, Diana (June 7, 2006). "Bottling Water Concerns". Ithaca Times. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  6. ^ Cook, Christopher D. (December 31, 2012). "'Foodopoly' by Wenonah Hauter: Book Review". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  7. ^ "Starbucks Agrees to Hold the Hormones For Good" (Press release). Food & Water Watch. August 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Starbucks Letter to F&WW". Food & Water Watch. August 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Ways to Give". Food & Water Watch. August 18, 2015. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  10. ^ Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report, Volume Number 59, December 2011
  11. ^ "About - March for a Clean Energy Revolution". March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  12. ^ "OFF Fossil Fuels". Food & Water Action Fund. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 

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