What We Fight For
- Securing sufficient funding and proper servicing of USDA lending programs and ensuring a fair USDA appeals system for family farmers.
- Eradicating ongoing discriminatory lending practices at all USDA levels.
- Raising up land grabbing as a domestic issue and preventing the turnover of land from family farmers to corporate agribusiness, investors, or extractive industries.
- Ensuring the sovereignty of family farmers, fishermen and women, and urban farmers.
As credit markets tighten for family farmers, corporate competitors are able to outbid traditional farmers. These competitors steal farmland away from future generations, compromise sustainable land stewardship, and when land is leased back to farmers, cause debt and dependency on corporations.
- Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG): A nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.
- What Help is Available for What Type of Disaster Losses?: FLAG report about the federal disaster programs that are available to provide assistance for different types of farm losses.
- Don’t Bank on It- Farmers Face Significant Barriers to Credit During Economic Downturn: NFFC report on farmer access to credit.
Land and Seed Grabs
To retain their rights to land, family farmers must now compete with more powerful and moneyed corporate agribusiness, local and international investors, and extractive companies, such as those responsible for resource mining and fracking. One of the world’s leading farmland grabbers is TIAA-CREF. Is your pension fund in TIAA-CREF? If so, submit a letter to your employer asking them to divest from TIAA-CREF.
- Institutional Investors and the Great American Farmland Grab: Report on TIAA-CREF farmland grabs.
- Is Your Pension Fund Killing the Family Farm?: NFFC backgrounder about land grabs from institutional investors.
- U.S. Farmland- The Next Big Land Grab?: A NFFC backgrounder about the connection between land purchases from large investors and the economic distresses of small farmers.
Additional Land and Seed Grab Resources
- Land and Sovereignty in the Americas: Issue brief from Food First describing five sites in the United States that have experienced land grabs.
- Land and Resources: Issue Primer from Food First about and land and seed grabs.
- GRAIN: An online resource for information about global farmland grabs.
- The Oakland Institute: Independent policy think tank that focuses on the issue of land rights. This institute has more information about the effect of wealthier nations and international private investors purchasing and leasing land from poor and developing countries.
- Food First: Policy institute that focuses on resource grabs. This organization has more information about the negative consequences of concentrating farmland and other food producing resources in the hands of only a few.
- A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seed Practices across the US: 2014 report from a survey conducted by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.
In addition to land and seed grabs, rural and fishing communities also experience water grabbing. Water grabbing occurs when powerful companies, organizations, and nations, take control of water resources for their own benefit, thereby ruining ecosystems, destroying livelihoods, and depriving local communities of access to water. The fracking and commercial fishing industries are two sectors that have been particularly guilty of a variety of water grabs.
- Water as Commodity- The Wrong Prescription: Backgrounder from Food First about the consequences of privatizing water.
- Water as a Human Right: The UN outlines what this means.
- Fish and Ocean Grabbing: The Case of Commercial Fisheries: Analysis of current trends in fishery policy by Brett Tolley from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Seth Macinko.
- The Global Ocean Grab: Primer from the World Forum of Fisher Peoples about the consolidation of commercial fisheries.
- Fracking Our Thanksgiving Feast: Joel Greeno, member of the NFFC executive committee, writes about the effects of fracking on Wisconsin water and rural life.
- Frac Sand in Wisconsin: Factsheet from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey about using Wisconsin sands for fracking.
- Gone for Good: Fracking and Water Loss in the West: Excellent report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils whose members have experienced and are fighting against this waste.
- Tools for Your Fight Against Fracking: Insights from ally Food & Water Watch on banning fracking in your community.
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