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.
We need a new U.S. dairy policy oriented towards small and mid-size dairy farms rather than corporate agribusiness, and call on our political leadership to support farmer- and worker-centered systemic U.S. dairy policy reform. To support true sustainability from our kitchen table to our planet, we must support economic justice for dairy producers.
The problem of supplying the school system goes beyond the specifics of the national school lunch program. Agriculture policy in the United States has pushed many farmers, ranchers, and small-scale fisheries out of business.
We underscore once more that concentration restricts competition. We hope that with a renewed commitment from the FTC our recommendations on Unfair and Coercive Business Contracts in the agricultural sector will be considered and implemented
NIH should support innovative studies that assess risks of new technologies in agriculture with independent researchers not linked with agro-industry funds.
We need a global food system that reflects our democratic values; the current UN Food System Summit was not planned to be inclusive.
Signatories urge a a reconciliation package that ensures a Build Back Better agenda that supports truly diversified and climate-friendly farming.
The Climate Stewardship Act is an important first step in addressing the climate crisis. However, it must be paired with policy changes that build the socio-economic resilience of family-scale farmers, ranchers, and fishers and their workers.