Financier and corporate interest in farmland has driven small, Indigenous, and farmers of color around the world off their land, including Brazil where Harvard University and pension fund TIAA purchased large tracts of land to plant in soy and corn.
Could Price Parity, Supply Management Change the Game for BIPOC Farmers?
According to a new coalition of farmers, growers, and academics led by the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), keeping existing farmers of color on the land—and helping new ones get started—will only be possible if they can get a price for their food that’s more than what it costs to produce it.
Dairy farmers facing crisis as milk consumption, prices decline
On average, farmers are paid $1.45 for each gallon of milk that costs them $2 to produce.
NFFC and allies disagree with EPA’s 2020 dicamba registration
EPA staff felt constrained or muted in sharing their concerns on the dicamba registrations.
Environmental groups sue EPA on dicamba registration
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.”
Brazil’s Landless Workers Persist through Agroecology
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.
Fighting over Farming the Oceans
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?
EPA Re-approves Dicamba Pesticides Banned by Federal Courts
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.
Are Carbon Markets for Farmers Worth the Hype?
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.
A Fairer Deal for Farmers
NFFC farmers have long identified unfair prices as a huge barrier to viability, and a large contributor to inequality and injustice.
Critics Say Bipartisan Carbon Market Bill Won’t Dent Climate Change
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.