Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on energy, food, water and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 12:15pm
Why The Food Movement Must Build Power
Mark Bittman’s recent op-ed on the faults of the food movement provides a great opportunity to discuss how we should be engaging politically to demand a better food system; unfortunately, it misses the mark on why we are making limited progress on food policy issues. While it‘s refreshing to hear a...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:00pm
Congress Holds First Hearing on Banning Fracking; Too Bad It’s A Circus
If it wasn’t about the future of the planet, I’d laugh at the chutzpah. One day after Earth Day, the GOP-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, chaired by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith (recipient of more than $600,000 from the oil and gas industry) held a hearing about efforts to...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 4:15pm
Monsanto Wants to Keep You in The DARK
In the absence of a federal requirement to label GMOs , food activists have taken matters into their own hands, passing labeling laws in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut and putting the issue on the ballot in California, Washington, Colorado and Oregon. Big Food and its friends in the biotechnology...
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:45am
Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors
You may have heard that popular scientist Bill Nye has mysteriously revised his outlook on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Several years ago, the children’s show host advocated for the labeling of genetically modified foods, citing concerns about what GMOs could do to ecosystems. But now his...
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:30pm
USDA Approves GMO Arctic Apples Despite Opposition
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. These apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced. The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:45am
Dark Money Is Destroying Our World, Not Just Our Politics
Once again, dark money ruled on Election Day 2014 when a slew of die-hard reactionaries swept into office, their victories clinched by donations from a small group of selfish big money donors. These wealthy funders seem to believe they can hide behind the gates of their fancy estates and not...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 8:45am
Opportunity for Some, Favoritism to Corporate Interests
Once again, dark money ruled on Election Day 2014 when a slew of die-hard reactionaries swept into office, their victories clinched by donations from a small group of selfish big money donors. These wealthy funders seem to believe they can hide behind the gates of their fancy estates and not...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 9:00am
The Research Is In: Regulations Alone Won’t Save Us From Climate Disaster
We are convinced that any serious attempt to address climate change means that a large portion of the natural gas , oil and coal currently locked underground must remain unexploited. Unfortunately, rather than aggressively deploying renewable energy resources, the Obama administration has opted to...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 7:30am
For the Planet and Future Generations, New Congress May Be Most Dangerous Yet
The swearing-in of the 114th Congress this week spells trouble for our food, water and environment, and for all those who seek to champion healthy, safe communities for our families. We may be looking at the most hostile Congress ever in terms of protecting the environment. Here are a few examples...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:00am
We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves the Way
Fantastic news came from the state of New York this week when the Cuomo administration announced its decision to ban fracking in the state.This exciting decision is a tribute to everyone who has worked so hard in New York to protect the state from the ravages experiences elsewhere from fracking...
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