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.
We strongly support initiatives that overcome a history of exploitation and white privilege, which are not only present in the Food System, but which can be historically traced in the nation’s agricultural foundation.
The full implementation of proposed rules is a step in the right direction. “A nationwide supply management and parity pricing program” should complement the rule for a more equal, sustain, and healthy agricultural system.
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.
GE products may prevent and treat some illnesses but we remain skeptical that they are environmentally safe, commercially fair, or ethically sound.
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.