For many organic farmers, care for the land goes hand in hand with a commitment to social justice.
The climate and financial crises farmers now face suggest that it’s time the US government practice sound public policy and do everything possible to promote agroecology as the best hope to address corporate concentration, protect the earth, provide for rural communities, and achieve food sovereignty.
Effective guidelines on food systems and nutrition must take into account a holistic perspective of the health of rural communities, the viability of family-scale farms, and the protection of Earth’s precious ecosystems.
NH residents spend $4 billion each year purchasing food sourced outside the state. If each NH resident purchased $5 of food each week from a NH farm, these farms would earn $349 million of income — 1.5 times current sales!
After touring MAC farmers and fishermen near the Gulf, they visited the Provosts who are fighting to keep their sugar cane farm, one of the few such farms now owned by a Black family in Louisiana.
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A new report details how Harvard University and U.S.-based pension fund TIAA are involved in forest firest burning in a key ecosystem — the Brazilian savannah (Cerrado).
U.S. agriculture policy needs to prioritize agroecology and ensure farmers’ rights to seeds, safe water, and pricing structures that ensure farm viability.
Since NAFTA’s start in 1994, “free trade” schemes have put hundreds of thousands of U.S. family farms out of business, while dramatically increasing corporate agribusiness’ profits, market control and the monopolization of our farm and food industry.
A transition to agroecology is necessary to ensure an environmentally sustainable and prosperous future, and we urge the US government to support this process within the CFS.
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The Tester-Grassley bill is a necessary first step to address the emotional distress caused by financial precarity, but the farm sector needs additional action from the federal government to stabilize farm income, address corporate consolidation, and ensure financial security for farmers and farm workers.