The mutual enemy that brought so many family farmers, farm/food workers, fisher folk, and indigenous activists to the Battle of Seattle was industrial agribusiness and neoliberal capitalism.
For many organic farmers, care for the land goes hand in hand with a commitment to social justice.
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.
To learn how 2020 presidential candidates are thinking about this socio-economic-environmental crisis, a group of non-profit organizations in and near New Hampshire representing food providers, small businesses, eaters, and educators spent several months planning a candidates’ forum.
I would strongly urge the Secretary to support reasonable dairy programs that would give all dairy farmers a chance to survive, and not force many more of them out of business.
Rural people are entitled to the right to live in healthy, vigorous communities that have quality schools, medical care and opportunities for all.
North America LVC organizations ask their respective legislatures to vote against USMCA in its current form to advance our ongoing struggle for food sovereignty.
In these times of low farm prices, devastating floods, massive soil loss, wildfires and people demanding an ethical, healthy diet, the time could be ripe to end our system of industrial farming and replace it with agroecology.
Pesticide Action Network and National Family Farm Coalition co-hosted a webinar featuring family farmers. The focus of their conversation was the Green New Deal, a nonbinding resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives early February with very little content on food and agriculture.
“What is this country going to do for us? There’s only so long you can stretch a dollar,” reflected Damien Boomhower, a fourth generation organic dairy farmer based in Fairfield, referring to consistently plummeting milk prices and a general lack of support from federal and state agencies.
It’s easy to feel discouraged when listening to stories defining the problems facing farmers and ranchers across the midwest and northern plains. Everyone, it seems, is fighting some sort of behemoth – Smithfield, Monsanto, Walmart, oil and gas corporations, water shortages, shamefully beholden politicians, low farmgate prices, rising land prices, feelings of isolation, pesticide drift, long-gone infrastructure, soil infertility, or high energy costs.
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