This week has been a jam packed week here in DC. In addition to the Appropriations process and a few conferences (more on those later), the fifth round of negotiations for the EU-US trade deal (TAFTA, the TransAtlantic Free Trade Agreement, or TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) happened on the George Mason University[…]
One hundred sixty eight organizations across the country signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to oppose policy riders that inhibit GIPSA’s regulation and implementation authority. Please read the House anti-GIPSA rider letter here.
One hundred seventy-nine organizations signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations committee to reject attempts to defund COOL through policy riders. Please read the House Appropriations COOL letter here.
Forty-five organizations signed on to a letter urging Senators Pryor and Blunt to fully fund programs for veterans who are now in agriculture and the Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison office during the current appropriations process. Please read the Sign-on Letter for Veterans issues here.
We will join organizations as part of the Citizens Trade Campaign at 10 am tomorrow to protest the TAFTA negotiation process. More information is available here. Please join us if you can! Also, the memes below are available on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please share them on your personal accounts!
Our farmer and former president, George Naylor, is featured on the Huffington Post blog. His piece is in response to the latest National Geographic article, “A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World.” Check it out here.
“Are Your Delicious, Healthy Almonds Killing Bees?” That is the question posed by Tom Philpott last week in Mother Jones. As the acreage in monocropped almonds in California has grown, so too has the reliance on “pollinator services”. Wild honeybees simply cannot pollinate the vast number of almond trees growing in California’s almond country anymore.[…]
The New York times ran this excellent critique of the USFRA sponsored film ‘Farmland’ in their movie section today. Unfortunately, they didn’t link to either Jim or our articles, but they did cite a number of other articles, including Anna Lappe’s piece at Grist called “Who’s behind the US Farmer’s & Ranchers Alliance and why[…]
The Domestic Fair Trade Association* just released their evaluation program of fair trade and social justice certification programs for food. The evaluation program currently rates 6 “fair trade” labels along many issues including whether the label adequate works to support family farmers and has high labor and environmental standards. Please check it out. Hopefully more[…]
NPR ran a story this morning also critiquing USFRA’s film ‘Farmland.’ Please listen in!