NFFC Headed to Philadelphia for 2015 US Social Forum

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Blog |

Join ActionAid USA, Alliance for Democracy, Grounded in Philly, Mariposa Food Co-op, WhyHunger and NFFC at the People’s Movement Assembly on Sunday, June 28, 9am-1pm, Morgan Hall South D301, to “Reclaim the Commons:  Save Our Land, Our Water, Our Seeds!” Another World is Necessary, and Possible!   USSF-Philly...

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Europe’s Biotech Confusion — A Big Problem for The Biotech Industry

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog |

The US farm press is a segment of the media that most people never see. The glossy magazines tell farmers everything they need to know in order to be successful, efficient and progressive — that is, in constant growth mode. Most have no subscription fees, there are plenty of advertisers to cover costs. Editorial content is clearly tailored to keeping advertisers happy. By supporting the trend to bigger farms they also support the sale of...

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But, This Free Trade Deal Will Really Be Good For Everyone!! (And have I got a deal for you on a bridge in Brooklyn).

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog |

The TPP is a “trade agreement” between 12 Asia Pacific region nations and its counterpart TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) between the US and the European Union, are billed as “free trade” agreements, but they have little to do with trade. At this point it seems we have no shortage of goods imported from the TTP and TTIP countries, electronics from Korea, Nike shoes from Vietnam, there seems to be plenty of trade...

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Coexistence with GMOs – Stephen Tolpinrud

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog, Learn |

Stephen Tolpinrud just completed his graduate studies in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. For the 2014-15 school year he was enrolled in a practicum overseen by Prof. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace that involved the National Family Farm Coalition and Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural. After several months of research on GMOs and their effects on family farmers and ranchers who have been historically...

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April 17 Protest in Brussels

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog |

April 17 is marked as the International Day of Peasant and Farmer Struggle. In honor of 19 landless peasant farmers massacred in Brazil in 1996 we celebrate resistance, solidarity and this year mobilize against Transnational Corporations and Free Trade Agreements. I was asked to participate and represent the National Family Farm Coalition in protests in Brussels Belgium with Via Campesina Europe and other Civil Society groups. I had never...

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NFFC and Allies Send Letter to Congress: Fast Track a Bad Deal

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog, Letters, Press |

The National Family Farm Coalition joined more than 110 farm, food and consumer groups on an April 12 letter urging Congress to oppose fast track legislation (trade promotion authority), which would ease the passage of free trade agreements such as the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and TAFTA (Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement).   Dena Hoff, board vice president, said, “There is too much riding on these trade agreements for the people...

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