Whether it is keeping wages and benefits for workers or forcing farmers into binding service contracts for their exorbitantly priced machinery—it all comes down to corporate control over working people.
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Today’s hearing on “Milk Pricing: Areas for Improvement and Reform” revealed common themes of struggles with volatile prices, dairy industry consolidation, and the need for reform of an outdated industry structure.
We need a global food system that reflects our democratic values; the current UN Food System Summit was not planned to be inclusive.
Photos and other media can teach and inspire people in all aspects of the food chain to engage in changing our food system.
The Climate Stewardship Act is an important first step in addressing the climate crisis. However, it must be paired with policy changes that build the socio-economic resilience of family-scale farmers, ranchers, and fishers and their workers.
“We’re hopeful that President Biden’s executive order on competition is helpful, but we farmers have been disappointed before.”
The Reverend Jesse Jackson said, “…together we are the new majority, we have the power to make America America for all Americans.” The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act begins that process by recognizing their struggle.
The work and commitment required to bring about racial equity and justice for all, including everyone in the farm-fishery-food system, was and is still our struggle.
There is a false dichotomy between the interests of farmers and farmworkers: both have seen their incomes and safety decreased while processing plants, distributors, supermarkets, and food corporations disproportionately increased their utilities.
NFFC board president Jim Goodman: “We look forward to working with our congressional allies to make meaningful, long-term policy changes to correct the weaknesses in our food system, end systemic racism and create more equitable access to healthcare, education, fair wages and farm prices.”
Donna was a philosopher with more knowledge of dairy farmers’ problems and their potential solutions than most people would ever think about.