The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of their food, and that strong environmental protections are put in place to protect the sustainability of rural communities.
Food sovereignty is climate justice. We can cool the planet AND ensure adequate food and nutrition to the world’s human population by fighting the destructive and building the new.
On Thursday, April 20, a coalition of environmental, human rights and farm organizations as well as a cohort of university faculty will gather at the New York City offices of pension fund management company TIAA, which manages the retirement money of many cultural institutions in the U.S. including universities, unions, nonprofits and hospitals, to demand that they stop funding deforestation and land grabs around the world.
The Senate is expected to approve Perdue easily, but the question of his loyalty — to family farmers or to agribusiness — is imperative given the gravity of the economic situation facing rural America.