We live in a complex and globalized world, and family farmers need a voice on the international stage that speaks truth to the corporate power that is undermining our livelihoods.
The climate and financial crises farmers now face suggest that it’s time the US government practice sound public policy and do everything possible to promote agroecology as the best hope to address corporate concentration, protect the earth, provide for rural communities, and achieve food sovereignty.
U.S. agriculture policy needs to prioritize agroecology and ensure farmers’ rights to seeds, safe water, and pricing structures that ensure farm viability.
A transition to agroecology is necessary to ensure an environmentally sustainable and prosperous future, and we urge the US government to support this process within the CFS.
In these times of low farm prices, devastating floods, massive soil loss, wildfires and people demanding an ethical, healthy diet, the time could be ripe to end our system of industrial farming and replace it with agroecology.
Pesticide Action Network and National Family Farm Coalition co-hosted a webinar featuring family farmers. The focus of their conversation was the Green New Deal, a nonbinding resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives early February with very little content on food and agriculture.
Last week, representatives of over 20 organizations gathered in Seattle and Bellingham for several days of dialogue, action, and celebration of the growing food sovereignty movement. The Encounter, co-hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice and Community to Community Development was a national gathering of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA). On Saturday, we honored Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and Farmworkers Association of Florida as recipients of the 8th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the USFSA.
NFFC joined Pesticide Action Network at their January 2016 international meeting in Hawai’i to discuss plans for ending the proliferation of GMOs worldwide and the long-term GMO research on the island of Maui. The collaboration included the following proclamation.