JUST IN: Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York
Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement, “Our growing national movement has persevered. We applaud Governor Cuomo for acknowledging the overwhelming science that speaks to the inherent dangers of fracking to public health and the environment. Fracking has no place in New York or anywhere, and the governor has smartly seized a golden opportunity to be a real national leader on health, environmental protection and a future free of polluting fossil fuels.”
If you care about safe, clean, affordable food and water, read more below about Food & Water Watch’s many successes.
Keeping Our Food Safe
We protected the health of our children and families by getting the FDA to set stricter limits on the levels of arsenic in apple juice.
We helped pass legislation in the state of Maryland banning arsenic in chicken feed, making it the first state in the nation to implement such a ban.
We ensured that small family farms and local food processing projects are exempted from food safety regulations designed for large corporations.
We organized a two-year, multifaceted campaign that resulted in Starbucks stopping the use of milk produced with artificial growth hormones in all of their stores.
We worked with the USDA front-line meat inspectors to prevent the weakening of meat inspection regulations in slaughter facilities.
We defended consumers’ right to know through the adoption of mandatory country-of-origin labeling and ensured that technologies like food irradiation continue to be labeled.
Making Seafood More Sustainable
We prevented the adoption of a public policy that would promote factory fish farming in the United States.
Protecting Our Water
We prevented Veolia Water, a corporation with a history of poor business and environmental practices, from consulting with St. Louis’ public water system.
We helped organize activists to speak out against triclosan. Together we applied so much consumer pressure, Johnson & Johnson is phasing out triclosan from its line of consumer products. Learn more.
We played an important part in the organizing effort to help the New Jersey state legislature pass a ban on fracking.
Our student activists helped ban bottled water on campuses from Humboldt State University to New England College.
We helped stop water privatization and maintain public control over local water systems in dozens of communities across the United States including in Chicago, IL, Stockton, CA, Grand Rapids, MI, and Trenton, NJ.
We worked with community organizations from coast of coast to stop Nestle water bottling facilities including victories in McCloud, CA and Wacissa, FL.
We organized to pass dozens of local measures against fracking in communities across the country.
We helped halt a liquefied natural gas project in New Jersey that would have wreaked havoc on the surrounding marine environment and risked spills and explosions.
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We raised awareness nationwide about the environmental, health and equity problems with the bottled water industry and for the first time ever reduced sales.
We influenced the EPA to regulate the dangerous chemical perchlorate in drinking water.