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Wenonah Hauter
Wenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on energy, food, water and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen‚ Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food, and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.

Entries by Wenonah Hauter

From North Carolina to Illinois, We Must Fight Back Against Big Oil and Gas

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Big Oil and Gas believe their industry should have no boundaries. They want to frack wherever, whenever and however they please, to build dangerous pipelines anywhere they wish. Their cynical CEOs say it's all about energy independence, while they push to ship gas and oil across the globe to whomever...

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Leaked Memo: Trade Agreement Would Export Fracked Gas Without Restrictions From U.S. to EU

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:07 PM

This week, negotiators from the U.S. and the EU began their fifth round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement, also known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP). Because the negotiations are all happening behind closed doors, the public is left largely in the...

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Another View on Mark Bittman's Recent Note to Food Activists

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:30 PM

I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel Tuesday night with Mark Bittman, who mentioned that his New York Times opinion piece the following day about GMOs would be controversial. On Wednesday morning I looked and saw why: It called out the food movement for focusing too...

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Fracking Exports Will Leave U.S. Communities in the Dark

(81) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:49 PM

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Last month, thirty Senate Democrats -- members of the "climate caucus" -- stayed Up All Night on the Senate floor to speak out about climate change. This was an important moment to highlight the most critical environmental issue of our time. What was...

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California Factory Farms Are No Chicken Shangri-La

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:39 PM

I wrote my book Foodopoly to take on the handful of companies that control most of the food we eat and also profit from factory farms. Poultry, dairy and eggs are produced in an industrialized system that values profit and "economic efficiency" over food safety, animal welfare or...

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6 Reasons to Celebrate the Growth and Power of Our Movement to Ban Fracking

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:47 AM

It's hard to recall a week since last November's election sweep in Colorado as indicative of both the breadth and growing power of the movement to protect communities from fracking. Through a series of outrageous developments, last week week also highlighted the hypocrisy of big oil and gas...

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Playing Chicken With Our Health

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Each year, food poisoning from contaminants like salmonella results in 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the United States. Food inspections in our highly consolidated food system are vital, because once a problem gets into the food supply, it can be weeks before it's detected.

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It's Time for Factory Farms to Pay Their Fair Share

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:14 PM

Big chicken processing companies generate 1.5 billion pounds of fowl waste annually in Delmarva (the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia tri-state area), and it's choking the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, Marylanders pay a small tax that goes toward the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (BRF); isn't it fair to...

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A Fast Track to Eroding Our Rights

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:52 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would have disastrous implications for U.S. consumers.

Do you care about having access to local and sustainably produced food or protecting your drinking water? Are you concerned about corporate influence distorting our elections?

If you answered yes...

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State of Our Fractured Union: 5 Things We'd Like to Hear From President Obama

(57) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:43 PM

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, we sincerely hope his message on energy will be based on science, reflecting the very real climate crisis that currently vexes our great nation. In previous years, he has used his platform to promote his "all of the...

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It's Time to Set the Record Straight on Fracking

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Earlier this month, just days after voters in Colorado and Ohio went to the ballot box to protect their communities against the demonstrably dangerous oil and gas drilling process known as fracking, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered a proclamation that only served to highlight just how much misguided faith the...

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Five Reasons to Join Us Tomorrow for the Global Frackdown

(57) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 9:13 AM

This Saturday, thousands of people around the world will take action to ban fracking in their communities as part of Global Frackdown 2, the second international day of action to ban fracking. More than 200 actions will be taking place in more than 20 countries spanning six continents, all calling...

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For Democrats Nationwide, Pennsylvania Offers a Lens on the Widening Rift Over Fracking

(16) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 3:32 PM

The Democratic Party has a few problems. Recently, President Obama has been forced to confront growing discord within his own party over a number of issues, from foreign policy to economics and the nomination of a new Federal Reserve chair. But another fissure between the Obama Administration and rank-and-file Democrats...

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For the USDA, Chicken Is Just Politics

(94) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 3:16 PM

When you purchase chicken at the grocery store, you might have the perfectly reasonable expectation that the poultry you are buying was raised on an American farm, and that it was inspected by a government official. Well, lower your expectations: If the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gets its way,...

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Five Ways to Stop President Obama's Plan to Frack America

(420) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 4:24 PM

When President Obama delivered his speech on climate change in June, we all welcomed his renewed focus on this crisis. While the broad narrative of his speech was something to rally around, his actual plan to solve the climate crisis is to drill and frack more aggressively than ever before....

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Beware of This Bacon Behemoth

(9) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 1:54 PM

American consumers may not even notice the change if a newly proposed takeover by China's largest meat processor of our nation's leading pork company goes through. But the $4.7 billion transaction would certainly show up on our plates: in the form of farmer exploitation, more factory farms, and a more...

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Monsanto and Other GM Firms Are Winning in the U.S. and Globally

(101) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Originally posted at The Guardian's Comment is Free

If you have a feeling that genetically modified (GM) foods are being forced upon the population by a handful of business interests and vociferously defended by the scientists that work in the ag industry or at the...

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The Elephants in the Room: Citizens United, Trade and Corporate Ownership of Our Natural Resources

(15) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 12:30 PM

There is one thing that my new book is about: corporate control of every aspect of our food system, from how it is labeled to the pesticides we are exposed to. The main thesis of Foodopoly is simple -- we, the people, must reclaim our democracy. We must...

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Bust the Trust and the Bypass

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Since January, I have been traveling the country promoting my book Foodopoly. While the travel is exhausting, the people I meet on the road keep me going. They tell me how much they appreciate Foodopoly's honest account of the imbalance of power at the root of our dysfunctional...

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Looser Guidelines for Radioactive Waste Another Reason to Ban Fracking Now

(13) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 9:58 AM

When it comes to exposure to radioactive materials, how much is too much? If you're like most people, or scientists, the answer is probably "any amount." But the Obama Administration apparently didn't get the memo because this week, it finalized new guidelines for the amount of radioactivity to...

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