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.
NAFTA should be replaced with a different agreement with the goal of increasing living standards in all three countries. Any provisions related to agriculture must start from a goal of rebuilding farm and food systems to support fair and sustainable rural economies and food supplies.
With dairy farmers’ prices plummeting $9.50 per cwt. (hundred weight) from the high point of $26.16 in September 2014 down to the present level of $16.66, it makes one wonder if the net result will come close to the 2009 massacre.