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For over a decade, this time of year has marked the start of a road trip to Farm Aid. But as with just about every other gathering, that isn’t the case in 2020. No road trip with a van full of supplies, people, and seltzers! But there will be a Farm Aid! It’ll be virtual, and although I’m looking forward to this virtual Farm Aid Festival on September 26, I already miss all the hustle and bustle that has gone into getting ready for, being present at, and recovering from Farm Aid!
Like other Black and Brown people who have lost their lives while incarcerated, Justin Thao’s death was racist, avoidable and senseless.
NFFC’s focus on this international food and agriculture policy front builds on the UN North American policy consultation we attended last fall and as the fragility of corporate value chains and exploitative agribusiness models are exposed through the COVID-19 global pandemic.
NFFC stands with the MST and others around the globe fighting for basic human rights – access to land, seeds, water, housing, healthcare, education, and food.
Producers across the country have been hit hard from COVID-19 – Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act and Local FARM Act of 2020 in the next aid package could help.
NFFC has always worked with family farmers to advocate for policies that support healthy, sustainable communities and prevent crises like COVID-19.
On April 14, let your Members of Congress know that no one in the food system should be left behind, especially during this health and economic crisis.
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.