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

Newswire article
Monday, June 08, 2009
World Oceans Day: Setting Sail to Keep Oceans in Public Hands
"We have our oceans to thank for making life possible. Their waters cover nearly three quarters - more than 130 million square miles - of the planet's surface. They host a vast array of life and power climactic cycles that support and sustain everyone and everything on Earth. Indeed, one could make the case that without the oceans all life here would dry up and die out.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Marin Desalination Plant Unnecessary Finds
 Food & Water Watch Report
A package of smart water solutions that includes improving landscape irrigation, decreasing system leaks, and enhancing reservoir operation can meet Marin’s future water needs at a much lower cost than the proposed desalination facility finds a new report released today by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Food & Water Watch and Local Activists Halt Privatization of Milwaukee Water System
“On Friday, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Common Council announced that it will put on hold plans to privatize the city’s drinking water system. In May, Food & Water Watch worked with a broad range of local groups to form the Keep Public Our Water (KPOW) coalition to stop the privatization. Food & Water Watch applauds the Council’s decision and urges the City of Milwaukee to permanently abandon this potential privatization.
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
New Food & Water Watch Study Reveals Privatized Water Systems Result in Job Losses
New analysis released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that privatizing municipal water systems threatens jobs and negatively affects local economies. Water Privatization Threatens Workers, Consumers and Local Economies finds that while multinational corporations often claim to reduce operational costs, they do so by cutting corners, downsizing essential employees, decreasing salaries and impeding union activity.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Water Infrastructure Financing Act Benefits Corporations 
at the Expense of Taxpayers

"Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S.1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. The bill contains language that would, for the first time, allow private wastewater utilities access to funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF). This proposed change to the law would essentially allow private wastewater utilities to benefit from public funding.
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, May 11, 2009
Federal Dollars Prematurely Slated for Offshore Fish Farming
"President Obama's FY 2010 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contains a glaring flaw that would prematurely allocate federal dollars to help fund controversial and unpopular fish farming plans that have not yet been federally authorized.The NOAA budget narrative requests a $2 million dollar increase for marine aquaculture, for a total of about $6.1 million for such programs. As there is no comprehensive federal program that allows marine aquaculture in U.S.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Food & Water Watch Lauds New York State’s Rejection of Bottled Water
“This week, New York Governor David A. Paterson signed an Executive Order to phase out the state’s purchase and use of bottled water in State agency facilities. Food & Water Watch applauds Governor Paterson’s actions and his demonstrated commitment to protecting one of our most vital natural resources. “In addition to being no purer than tap water and a waste of money, the production and distribution of bottled water causes a host of equity and environmental problems.
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, April 27, 2009
Food & Water Watch Urges Investigation of Swine Flu and Link to Industrialized Pork Production
Today, amid increasing international concern about the global swine flu outbreak, Food & Water Watch urged leaders of the U.S. Senate and House agriculture and health committees to investigate the serious human health problems caused by industrialized pork production.
Read more
Newswire article
Friday, April 24, 2009
Kansas Governor Sebelius Vetoes Milk Labeling Bill and Protects Consumers
"Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius made a strong stand for consumers yesterday by vetoing a milk labeling bill that would have taken away consumers' right to know how their milk is produced. Had the governor not vetoed the bill, dairy farmers who do not use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) would have had trouble labeling their milk as such.
Read more
Newswire article
Friday, April 24, 2009
Water for the World Act of 2009 Well-Meaning, But Flawed
"While the efforts of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) set forth in the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 are well-intended, the legislation is deeply flawed. This act sets the goal of providing 100 million of the world's poorest with sustainable drinking water and sanitation by 2015. Inadequate drinking and waste water infrastructure is a serious problem, one that plagues millions of people in developing nations and accounts for some 2 million deaths each year.
Read more

Pages