Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Key Oil Industry Bailout Removed from Senate Stimulus Package
Late night Senate negotiations on the economic stimulus package appear to have removed a controversial plan for the federal government to spend billions of dollars to buy oil to store in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones released the following...
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Monday, March 23, 2020
Major National Environmental Group Calls for Public Ownership of Fossil Fuel Companies Amid Global Crisis
As the fossil fuel industry seeks a massive government bailout amid the global financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Food & Water Action is explicitly calling for the federal government to take a controlling stake in corporate fossil fuel extraction, production and infrastructure...
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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Trump’s Proposed $20 Billion Fossil Fuel Bailout Via the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a Gross Abdication of Duty
In comments to the media this morning, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated that the Trump administration is considering spending as much as $20 billion on purchasing oil for the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter...
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Monday, March 16, 2020
Stopping Water Shutoffs Locally Not Enough: We Need a National Ban and Service Restoration Plan
Today, Food & Water Action announced at least 113 municipal water systems and regulated utilities in eight states will not shut off water service for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes six providers that never disconnect water service for nonpayment, and four systems...
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Thursday, March 12, 2020
With 4th-Highest Water Shutoff Rate in the Country, New Orleans Must Act Fast to Stop Water Shutoffs Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
The city of New Orleans should join the close to 20 cities across the country that have now suspended or are considering suspending water service shutoffs due to nonpayment in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Data obtained from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Fracking Should Be Banned, Not Bailed Out
The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration is considering a targeted bailout of the already struggling fracking industry, after many company stocks were hit hard by the plunge in oil prices. Food & Water Action executive director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement...
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Friday, February 28, 2020
Washington State Committee Fails to Protect Public Water from Bottled Water Extraction
Today, the Washington State House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources failed to approve legislation to prohibit new water rights for the commercial bottled water production. SB 6278 would have declared, "any use of water for the commercial production of bottled water...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Washington Bottled Water Extraction Ban Testimony Proves It Will Protect Local Communities and Local Jobs
This morning, a public hearing was held for legislation in the state of Washington that would declare "any use of water for the commercial production of bottled water is deemed to be detrimental to the public welfare and the public interest." A broad range of advocates and local residents provided...
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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Over 570 Groups Endorse Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Fracking Ban Bills
Over 570 national, regional, and local grassroots groups from across the country have signed a letter supporting the Fracking Ban Act , the first-ever federal legislation that would ban fracking and all related infrastructure projects. The legislation was introduced this year by Senators Bernie...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Washington State Senate Passes Ban on Bottled Water Extraction
Last night, the Washington State Senate voted to approve legislation to ban water withdrawals for commercial bottled water production. SB 6278 , sponsored by State Senator Reuven Carlyle, would ban new water rights permits for withdrawals for bottled water extraction. The legislation declares that...
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