Free Trade should benefit the people, not corporations

There is a lot of angst in the US corporate world. They are quite concerned that the renegotiation talks between the US, Canada and Mexico (the three participants in the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA) may not deliver a new agreement that is as lucrative as the old NAFTA. NAFTA has been in place since[…]

NFFC and Allies Reject NAFTA to USTR

NAFTA should be replaced with a different agreement with the goal of increasing living standards in all three countries. Any provisions related to agriculture must start from a goal of rebuilding farm and food systems to support fair and sustainable rural economies and food supplies.

Replace NAFTA – Return Community Control Over Food and Farms

May 18, 2017   The independent family farming, ranching and fishing members of the National Family Farm Coalition have watched their incomes drop, their markets close and their communities deteriorate since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passed in 1993. It is time for a new and fair trade agreement that supports independent farmers[…]

The Daily Star Reports on Dairy Farmer Concerns

Several reporters participated in a telepress conference held last month by NFFC executive director Kathy Ozer and dairy farmer leaders. Mark Boshnack from the Daily Star (upstate New York) noted that, ‘Progressive Agriculture Organization manager Arden Tewksbury of Meshoppen, Pa., said that a supply-management system could charge farmers for excess milk produced above a yearly[…]

Sustainable Agriculture, Faith and Rural Organizations Express Opposition to TPP

April 18, 2016 Dear Member of Congress, We write to you as development, faith-based and sustainable agriculture organizations concerned about the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on food security and sustainable development in the member countries and around the world. Many of us work closely with partners in developing countries and have witnessed[…]