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FOOD & WATER WATCH

Fight like you live here

aka FWW   |   Washington, DC   |  foodandwaterwatch.org

Mission

Our food, water and climate are under constant assault by corporations who put profit over the survival of humanity. They have seized control of the very institutions that were built to protect us. We mobilize people to reclaim their political power, hold our elected officials accountable, and resist corporate control--ensuring we all have the essential resources we need to thrive. This is a fight we must win, because this planet is the only one we get.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Wenonah Hauter

Main address

1616 P St NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

32-0160439

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Huge multinational corporations have taken control of our most essential resources, resulting in a broken food system that produces unhealthy food in an unsustainable way and a crumbling water infrastructure that is threatening our access to clean drinking water. Toxic pollution from industrial agriculture and a continuing reliance on fossil fuels and extreme extraction methods like fracking are threatening people and our food and water resources and are the primary drivers leading to catastrophic global climate change. These corporations have seized control of the very institutions that were built to protect us. Through research and public education, litigation, and grassroots organizing, Food & Water Watch mobilizes people to reclaim their political power and make our democracy work for people and the environment we depend on to live and thrive

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water

Through our Water Program, Food & Water Watch conducts research, policy advocacy, legal efforts and grassroots organizing to efforts to inform the public, the media, and decision makers about threats to our essential water resources and advocates for policies that will protect clean and safe water managed in the public interest. Through our advocacy campaigns, we help people and their communities to keep their water systems under public control; oppose multi-national water companies that are trying to bottle public water for private profits; and advocate for more federal resources to maintain and update our aging water infrastructure so that all people can have access to clean, affordable water. Food & Water Watch worked closely with members of Congress to get the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act introduced in Congress. The WATER Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving our water systems and helping ensure that every person has access to safe and clean water in the United States. We need a major federal investment in our public water infrastructure to renovate our nation’s old and lead-ridden water pipes, help towns that are affected by PFAS contamination, stop sewage overflows and avert a looming water affordability crisis. The WATER Act will simultaneously deliver water justice to the millions of people in the United States who lack access to safe water, while creating nearly a million jobs.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$7,657,035

Through our Food Program, Food & Water Watch works behind the scenes in Congress, in statehouses, with regulatory agencies, and in the Courts to protect food safety and promote a sustainable and secure food system that provides healthy food for consumers and an economically viable living for family farmers and rural communities. The heart of the Food Program is our public education and grassroots organizing to build a powerful movement of concerned people educated about food issues and organized to achieve the political power necessary to change the policies that have allowed large corporations to control our food system. To do so, we are working to ban factory farming in several key agricultural states and move toward a sustainable, equitable food system.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

We live in unprecedented times when the threats to our food, water, and the climate on which we all depend puts into question the future of human existence on earth. Agricultural consolidation and the proliferation of factory farms, decades of neglect resulting in decaying water infrastructure and privatization, an erosion of our bedrock environmental laws, and extreme extraction and use of fossil fuels are all urgent threats to our food and water. And one overarching problem looms largest – climate change – which must be addressed in a systemic way in the next decade if we are to avoid its worst impacts on our lives. That is why Food & Water Watch created an Energy and Climate program. At a time when we should be making the maximum investment possible in renewable energy sources, we are instead being urged to make staggering investments in fossil fuels – including expanded fracking operations and a plethora of related infrastructure to transport, store, and export natural gas and oil. This new development would harm the environment and commit us to decades of reliance on fossil fuels. When Food & Water Watch became the first national group to call for an outright ban on fracking, no one thought it was possible. Rallying with grassroots allies and concerned people, we have won bans on fracking in Vermont, New York, Maryland, and in 2019, Washington state. We are continuing to oppose and stop fracking and related infrastructure in key regions across the country. Together, we have proven that when people unite to demand what's right, we can turn the tables and win against the powerful oil and gas industry that seeks to maximize its profits regardless of the impact on people and our food, water, and livable climate. True energy security will only come when we are able to meet our needs without sacrificing public health, environmental protection and a stable, livable climate. Fossil fuels threaten all of this. Our goal is to stop catastrophic climate change by working to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and mandate a rapid, just transition to 100% renewable energy

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$6,480,081

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Using a combination of advocacy, research, organizing and litigation, Food & Water Watch advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe and sustainably produced food, access to clean water that is managed in the public interest, and a climate that future generations can depend on. To this end, we educate on these problems and advocate for solutions that will protect our food, water and livable climate. We organize campaigns to: ban fracking and stop new fossil fuel projects; win moratoriums on factory farms and protect food safety protections; and support our public water systems to ensure clean and affordable water for all people as a human right

FWW develops our campaigns using a sophisticated blend of policy expertise/advocacy, legal tactics, strategic communications and grassroots organizing to address threats to our most essential resources and make our democracy work for people, not powerful corporations. In short, FWW’s work is based on our analysis that it takes a movement of educated and engaged people to overcome the overwhelming power of money in our political system. As a result, our organizing model is based on creating powerful campaigns with people and local groups that are directly impacted by a problem and then developing a strategy to influence the decision maker to support (or oppose) a given policy change. We then link these more localized campaigns to larger national issues. While all elements of an advocacy campaign are important, grassroots and community organizing is at the heart of all of our work. Our campaigns to ban fracking and move to clean renewable energy are examples of this. When in 2011 we became the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking, the idea was mocked by much of the political establishment as being unrealistic and politically impossible. The oil and gas industry was too powerful, so the best we could hope for was better regulation. But in light of the growing science, and spurred on by our mission and our members, we knew that fracking could not be done safely. We persisted, and got to work, forming strong alliances with grassroots groups in the U.S. and around the world to fight for what we really needed, not just what some deemed politically possible. Knowing that climate change is a global problem, we organized the Global Frackdown to bring together groups across the planet to demonstrate mass grassroots resistance against fracking on almost every continent. Since then, we have continued to support allies internationally in their efforts to ban fracking. In 2014, we won an unprecedented victory when our political pressure forced Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in New York. Since then, we have banned fracking in Maryland and Washington, and in hundreds of communities across the country. We also recognized that fracking is more than drilling – it is the entire ecosystem of pipelines, transit networks, power plants, and export terminals. It is the expansion of the petrochemical industry into new regions that will become economic sacrifice zones. As a result, we have educated and organized and stopped new pipelines, export terminals, and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects that directly threaten people’s lives and health in states around the country and have played a leadership role in shifting the national debate on fracking. In 2011, only eight short years ago, we were alone on the national stage in calling for a ban on fracking; today, it is the consensus position in the environmental sector and there are 10 (as of this writing!) presidential candidates who share this view.

FWW was founded in 2005 and since then, with the support of our members, individual donors and foundations, FWW has grown to more than 100 staff in 15 locations in 14 US States (including DC) and satellite operations in Central America and Europe. FWW has an online activist base of over 1,000,000 people and a volunteer network of real world activists linked to our field offices. Our organizers do the necessary grassroots education and mobilization so that regular people in their local communities can take action around specific national, state, and local issues in order to protect the health and safety of our food and water sources. We support and amplify our online and real world organizing with FWW’s research, policy advocacy, litigation, and broad-based communications capacities. While FWW’s mission is focused on long-term systemic changes that will result in healthy food and clean water for all, we develop shorter-term campaigns to take on pressing national, state and local issues. Additionally, Food & Water Justice uses the courts to shine a light on corporate abuses and hold government officials accountable to protect our access to healthy food and clean water. Our sister organization, Food & Water Action, runs hard hitting advocacy campaigns to hold elected officials accountable in elections as well as applying lobbying pressure for laws we need to protect our most vital resources

As our goal is to build the civic power that can make our democracy work so that we can win systemic policy changes that will protect people and our environment, most of our campaigns unfold over the course of several years (or longer). We track metrics towards these goals within each program and campaign. In addition, we know that it will take significant resources and a strong organization to win these campaigns over a long time horizon, so we also measure progress through organizational metrics that are interim markers of our growing power and effective reach. So, while our ultimate effectiveness is measured by the campaigns we win (e.g., a ban on fracking in New York or a water bottling plant stopped in Oregon’s Cascade Locks), we know these policy victories can take years. We also see part of our effectiveness in the lasting grassroots organizations and diverse leadership developed through our campaigns. Because of the time periods involved, we track our interim progress through metrics that show institutional strength as well as campaign-related activities, such as: • Membership and donation growth • Number of resolutions passed • Number of email actions taken • Number of "press hits" • Number of letters to the editor and community commentaries • Number of social media shares • Number of community events • Number of research materials produced • Number of volunteers and coalition partners recruited

Food & Water Watch's accomplishments in our major programs include: Climate & Energy: -Worked to get OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act introduced in Congress. It is the strongest climate change bill ever at the federal level, and would mandate a just transition to 100% clean renewable energy by 2035. That bill helped set the foundation for efforts around a Green New Deal, where we are now focusing our efforts at the federal level to ensure climate legislation addresses and stops the continuing use of more fossil fuels that are the primary drivers of global climate change that is threatening life on the planet. -Passed more than 500 local resolutions against fracking and stopped the construction of many new fossil fuel projects like pipelines and export terminals (e.g., in New York and New Jersey, among other places). -Banned fracking in 4 states (New York, Washington, Vermont, and Maryland). The movement to ban fracking and move off of fossil fuels is now a powerful and growing global movement that is linked up with global advocacy to stop climate change. has now become a nationwide ideal and Food: -Launched a Factory Farm campaign , with a focus to ban factory farms that produce huge amounts of waste, anti-biotic resistant bacteria, and drive small, independent farms out of business. -Organized a successful campaign to convince the FDA to ban the use of arsenic in chicken feed, making Maryland the first state to prohibit the chemical’s use in poultry production. This is now a ban at the national level as well. -Blocked imports of processed chicken products from China. The FDA rarely inspects imported food despite a well-documented pattern of chemical adulteration and unsafe drug residues. Water: -Introduced The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act. This bill was first introduced in 2016, and we got it reintroduced in 2018, and we now have at least 75 co-sponsors for this important legislation that will protect clean public water, dedicate federal funds for water infrastructure upgrades to replace lead pipes in homes and schools, increase access to safe water and sanitation for small rural and tribal communities, and make water service safe and affordable for all. -Prevented Nestle from opening a water bottling plant in multiple towns along the Columbia River Gorge in both Washington and Oregon. -Pressured the Baltimore City Council to amend the City Charter to declare the sewer system and water supply system as “inalienable”, prohibiting their sale and lease. -Worked with dozens of communities across the country to prevent the sale of local water systems to private water companies.

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FOOD & WATER WATCH

Board of directors
as of 9/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maude Barlow

Council of Canadians (ret)

MAUDE BARLOW

COUNCIL OF CANADIANS

MARY RICCI

WENONAH HAUTER

FOOD & WATER WATCH

RUDOLF AMENGA-ETEGO

GRASSROOTSAFRICA

LISA SCHUBERT

CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE IN NEW YORK

ROBERT HOWARTH

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

ELIZABETH BELTRAN

SOLON FOUNDATION

Keywords

food, water, grassroots organizing, policy, fracking, energy, water pollution, GMOs, factory farms, trade, CAFOs, antibiotics, democracy, bottled water