We hear daily from members and citizens that our leadership is desperately needed to stop corporations’ attacks on our food, our water, and our climate. We’ve never shied away from that challenge, and with your help and the assistance of our organizational allies, we’ve won some big fights against formidable opponents. Even more importantly, we’ve developed winning strategies and the people power to continue waging these fights all over the country so that one day soon, humanity’s needs will be protected over corporate greed. We’re winning, and we intend to keep it that way.
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Here are just some of our proud moments:
#1: Banning Fracking in New York State
In New York, the oil and gas industry was targeting the sedimentary formation called Marcellus Shale for fracking — so we made it our goal to stop them. Many said it was impossible, but we didn’t listen. Along with your support and years of organizing work with hundreds of groups in the New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition, in 2014 we finally banned fracking in New York.
The mission continues — fracking pollutes our air and water and contributes to climate change. Our next goal is to ban fracking everywhere.
#2: Removing Arsenic from Animal Feed
Would you eat chicken or turkey that had arsenic in it? Of course not, but for decades, arsenic-based drugs were given to poultry.
People were then exposed to this arsenic that remained in the meat or ended up in the environment — an unacceptable risk to our health!
After winning a ban on using arsenic in poultry feed in Maryland, we continued national efforts and won a federal ban on arsenic-based animal drugs in 2015.
#3: Stopping Nestle Water Bottling Across the United States
When big companies take water from local communities, it hurts both people and the environment.
Standing firm in our belief that water is a basic human right (and should not be used for corporate profit), we worked with broad coalitions to stop Nestlé from taking water from communities in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
As a result, we’ve proved that people can take on the world’s most powerful food and beverage company, and WIN!
#4: Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a global trade deal that would undermine laws that protect our food and water, and would promote more fracking.
Despite the backing of Big Business and politicians from both parties, we helped stop this controversial trade deal alongside a mighty coalition of environmental, labor, health and community organizations.
People like you helped power this fight to stop the United States from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
#5: Launching the National Movement to Ban Fracking
The oil and gas industry is doing everything in their power to frack across the U.S., causing drinking water contamination, air pollution, and serious health problems. But we won’t stand for this!
Food & Water Watch released a report calling for a national ban on fracking, and became the first U.S. national organization to do so.
Since then, the movement to ban fracking has grown exponentially, with more than 600 measures against fracking passed in communities across the country.
#6: Convincing Starbucks to Use Milk Without Growth Hormones
Factory farms give dairy cows rGBH, an artificial growth hormone that causes serious health problems for cows. Its effects on people are still not fully understood.
After two years of pressure from Food & Water Watch, Starbucks committed to making 100% of their milk supply rGBH-free.
Once Starbucks switched to using only rGBH-free milk, more companies followed, and rGBH-free milk grew in the marketplace.
#7: Banning Fracking in Maryland
Hard work, dedication, and incredible people power made this huge victory possible —after five years of fighting, Maryland became the third state to ban fracking.
Food & Water Watch and the Don’t Frack Maryland Coalition stood together and pushed for what we knew was necessary to protect Maryland’s air, water, health and climate.
In April of 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed the bipartisan bill to ban fracking in Maryland.
#8: Organizing the Largest Anti-Fracking March in the United States
The March for a Clean Energy Revolution was the largest anti-fracking action in U.S.! On July 24, 2016, outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, over 10,000 people stood together to demand a sustainable future.
The thousands of citizens gathered outside Independence Hall sent a powerful message: the Clean Energy Revolution has already started — and together, we’ll put the country on a path to 100% clean, renewable energy!
#9: Keeping Private Companies from Controlling Water in More Than 40 U.S. Cities
Water privatization is nothing short of a giveaway to profiteering corporations.
When communities hand control of their water systems over to private companies, rates skyrocket (on average by 59% more), service worsens, and workers lose jobs.
We’ve fought water privatization since our founding, and working with local coalitions we’ve protected local control of water and sewer systems in dozens of communities.
#10: Stopping Over a Dozen Major Fossil Fuel Projects
Fossil fuels projects (especially ones connected to the rush to expand fracking) are poisoning our water, polluting our air, and threatening the climate on which we all depend. We need to move off fossil fuels now!
Working with community partners across the country, we’ve stopped fracking and drilling projects, power plants, gas storage facilities, export facilities, and pipelines.
Help Us Keep Winning
We believe everyone is entitled to food they can trust, a planet that is livable, and safe water controlled by the public.
Our mission continues, from pushing to get a REAL Green New Deal, to fighting back against Trump’s disastrous direction for the EPA, and much more.
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