Trade agreements and trade policy must change course to support democratic decision
making, sustainable production and improved livelihoods for all the nations involved.
We urge you to continue to honor your investments in a more just, equitable, and resilient food and farm system, particularly to the historically underserved people and communities who comprise it.
For-profit companies are not interested in providing services to isolated communities that will not compensate them or provide a profit for their investment. Small and medium providers, cooperatives, non-profits, and municipalities should be encouraged to fill this gap.
NFFC’s food sovereignty commitment is at peril because as producers, transformers, and consumers our dependency to a food system controlled by corporations hurts our economy, our health, and our freedom.
From the farmer, rancher, and commercial fishery point of view the relevance of cost-benefit of any regulation is fundamental but is secondary to the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas
Our first concern is that, in the rush to provide service, some important norms may be overlooked by State officials; our second concern relates to the final use of the data collected.
Expanded data collection will illustrate whether farmers – regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, and farm type – are treated equally by lending institutions, both public and private.
The $1.9 trillion package invests almost $90 billion in rural and agriculture programs and initiatives to combat climate change, address rural disinvestment, and promote racial, economic, and environmental justice.