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EPA staff felt constrained or muted in sharing their concerns on the dicamba registrations.
The EPA again “failed in its legal duties to ensure that the pesticide would not cause unreasonable harm to farmers and farming communities as well as to the environment and hundreds of endangered species.”
The MST settlement in Brazil offers a living testament to the revitalizing power of agroecology, and it can be replicated in other formerly destitute regions.
If most U.S. animal agriculture as turned into corporations racing to produce as much meat as cheaply as possible while offloading health and biodiversity impacts as “externalities,” who’s to say the same won’t happen in the ocean?
The EPA has shown such callous indifference to the damage dicamba has caused to farmers and wildlife alike, and has been so desperate to appease the pesticide industry, it has zero credibility when it comes to pesticide safety.
Instead of supporting carbon markets that lead to farm consolidation and richer agribusiness corporations we should support funding for USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program and similar local incentives.
NFFC farmers have long identified unfair prices as a huge barrier to viability, and a large contributor to inequality and injustice.
The Growing Climate Solutions Act is a rare example of bipartisan support on climate change policy but would only further support the consolidation of agriculture.
Court rulings and interpretations around dicamba affect farmers’ decisions around planting crops, as well as their livelihoods.
NFFC and other farming organizations pressured SBA to provide equal access to all small businesses, but remain concerned that small, non-commodity farmers have still been left out.
Congress must continue applying pressure to US agencies to help all sectors of the farming community—especially small farmers, ranchers, and dairies—through future economic recovery deals.