The disappointing results for farmers, rural communities, and working families throughout North America remind us that massive trade agreements should not be negotiated behind closed doors but negotiated openly with public input to ensure a fair deal for all.
The pandemic will impact farmers, rural communities, and people who rely on food assistance in ways that are only beginning to emerge, while also making many people slow down and appreciate the close community and resources they have around them.
Since the Civil Rights Movement, heirs property and partition sales have led to the loss of over 2 million acres of Black owned land in the South, but changes in the 2018 Farm Bill offer a path and alternative forms of documentation to access USDA programs and resources for families with land in heir property status.
Carbon markets place a monetary value on soil carbon sequestration while ignoring the environmental benefits that a system based on agroecology, economic parity, and social equity creates.
We live in a complex and globalized world, and family farmers need a voice on the international stage that speaks truth to the corporate power that is undermining our livelihoods.
We are tired of seeing peoples’ livelihoods, the land, and our food systems minimized and destroyed. Family farmers are not only essential to a healthy and just food system, but they are also a major part of the solution to climate change.
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.