“We’re hopeful that President Biden’s executive order on competition is helpful, but we farmers have been disappointed before.”
The Reverend Jesse Jackson said, “…together we are the new majority, we have the power to make America America for all Americans.” The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act begins that process by recognizing their struggle.
The NFFC renews its opposition to nonregulated status of modified maize through genetic engineering (GE) to resist the herbicides dicamba, glufosinate, quizalofop, 2,4-D, and tissue-specific glyphosate tolerance. The U.S. Government should phase out these chemicals, not encourage or appease the agrochemical industry by allowing them to market their seeds.
USDA should shift from a narrow food and agriculture value/supply chains focus to a more holistic food systems approach that recognizes the interwoven social, environmental, and economic factors inherent in how we produce and consume food and govern food systems at land and at sea.
Small family farmers are the backbone of our food system and rural economies, and need our support in this moment of unprecedented hardship.
The fact that the U.S. continues to deregulate genetic engineering — in the face of evidence of harm to both workers and biodiversity from associated pesticide overuse15 does not justify imposing these policies on other countries under the guise of trade policy. While agribusiness trade groups may demand such policies (which certainly benefit global pesticide and seed companies), they do not benefit family farmers.
It is especially noteworthy to us that TIAA’s illustration depicts the organizations working most closely with local communities, whose members are
most directly impacted by its land acquisitions, as being of least concern for their engagement. Governments should guarantee legitimate tenure rights in line with the Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGTs) agreed upon by the UN member states in the Committee on World Food Security, and TIAA should not undermine land rights or human rights as defined in the Guidelines.
The U.S. government must stop prioritizing the interests of agribusiness over small farmers, abetting further corporatization of the food system here and in other countries, including India.
We are unified in our opposition to the U.S. government petition against Canada, and call on the Biden-Harris administration to rescind this action and to advance strong worker rights protection and dairy policy reform policy in the U.S.
From its onset the 2021 UN Food System Summit has been led by interests affiliated to agrochemical corporations and economic forces that do not serve the interests of people and the planet.
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A U.S. and Kenya agreement should establish the highest possible public health, food security, environmental and labor standards for sustainable and equitable development in both countries.