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Through our national and local campaigns, we work to protect our most essential resources by standing up to corporations that put profits ahead of people. Learn more and get involved with our work on safe food, clean water, and a livable climate.

Food | Water | Climate

Everyone Deserves Food They Can Trust

Vegetables with "organic" label.
Consumer food labels are often misleading, and often do not provide shoppers with clear, useful information. This is one of many ways that our corporate food system fails to work for real people.

No matter how much money you have or where you live, you should know that the food on your grocery store shelf is safe, healthy, and sustainable.

In reality, a handful of companies control the majority of the food we can buy—which means they make most of the decisions about what we eat. Corporate mergers and bad trade deals led to the dominance of factory farms, which pollute the environment and our drinking water, wreck rural communities, and harm the welfare of animals. Without strong labeling standards, consumers are in the dark about which foods are genetically-modified, and what pesticides and antibiotics may have been used.

The bottom line is that corporations, not the people eating the food, determine what choices you have at the grocery store, and it’s time for that to change.

Learn more about our work ensuring a safe, healthy, and sustainable food system.

Ban Factory Farms Now
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Everyone Should Have Access to Affordable, Clean Water

Food & Water Watch expert Mary Grant speaks at a podium with other leaders at a media event in Atlantic City.
Public Water Campaign Director Mary Grant speaks at a media event in Atlantic City. The WATER Act would ensure that every person in the U.S. has access to clean, affordable water.

Everyone deserves access to clean water, not just those who can pay the most. Water is essential to life, and should be managed locally by authorities that are accountable to the people and their democratically-elected representatives. Public ownership ensures our public water systems are safe and affordable for everyone.

Corporations take advantage of cash-strapped communities to privatize water and sewer systems, which often result in rate increases, worse customer service, and less accountability and transparency. Rate increases from these privatization efforts lead to shutoffs, depriving the poorest among us from fair access to clean water.

Bottled water sales generate massive profits for huge corporations like Nestle and Pepsi, but siphon support for public water programs, and generate huge amounts of plastic pollution in our landfills and oceans.

The lack of public investment in water systems has led to dire and ongoing water contamination crises in places like Flint, Michigan and Martin County, Kentucky. New research also indicates that hydralic fracturing, or fracking, has led to widespread contamination of groundwater across the United States.

This should not happen in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth. Every community should own and control their water for the benefit of everyone, not just the rich.

Learn more about our work to ensure clean, public water for all.

The WATER Act: Urge Congress To Support It
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Climate Change Puts Us All At Risk

Protest against the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan.
Food & Water Watch organizers speak at a rally in Michigan protesting the Line 5 pipeline.

Climate change is a major risk to our water and food systems. Keeping fossil fuels in the ground may be the most important thing we can do to ensure clean water and safe food for everyone in the future.

Corporations want to put a price on carbon, giving them another chance to profit off our remaining natural resources. Companies manipulate pollution markets in systems like cap-and-trade to avoid reducing pollution, and pass the costs of any compliance on to us. Fracking is viewed by some as a “bridge fuel”, but in fact it only prolongs our dependence on fossil fuels, and slows our necessary transition to 100% clean energy.

Pipelines for fracked natural gas and other fossil fuels threaten local communities all over the country. The Trump administration has weakened environmental protections for our public lands, and moved to give industry unprecedented privilege to rewrite pollution laws to their benefit.

We need a clean energy revolution. Wind and solar technologies are ready to provide the energy we need, but we need to change our policies to stop favoring dirty energy.

Learn more about our campaign for 100% clean energy.

Will you help us stop the fracking invasion?
Help Pass The Fracking Ban Act
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TELL CONGRESS: No Bailouts For Billionaires!
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