Effective guidelines on food systems and nutrition must take into account a holistic perspective of the health of rural communities, the viability of family-scale farms, and the protection of Earth’s precious ecosystems.
The Tester-Grassley bill is a necessary first step to address the emotional distress caused by financial precarity, but the farm sector needs additional action from the federal government to stabilize farm income, address corporate consolidation, and ensure financial security for farmers and farm workers.
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.
With so much at stake, we should be very clear about our vision for agriculture. The agribusiness vision is not the only or best one, especially for family farmers.