As Disparity to Parity essayist Doug Gurrian-Sherman wrote: “The historical and largely white incrementalist environmental movement, including its agricultural manifestations, has failed to adequately protect the environment, let alone the rights and well-being of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. …
A Minimum Support Price (MSP, in India, and parity, in the US), is the only viable solution to ensure justice and fairness within our food systems.
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
We need a global food system that reflects our democratic values; the current UN Food System Summit was not planned to be inclusive.
In recognition of Juneteenth, and with deep gratitude to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color growers and harvesters of food who continue to teach us what true parity should be, join us on June 24 for a discussion of historical perspectives of parity.
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 have joined protest marches, tractorcades, and countless meetings with government representatives to advocate policies to achieve economic, racial, cultural, and social parity, and stand in solidarity with the Indian farmers defending their livelihoods, their food sovereignty, and the future of their republic.
The fourth stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 is already being developed. on the President, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce to declare a national disaster in the agriculture and seafood sectors to unlock existing federal disaster funding and services, and enable Congress to appropriate further relief funds for the farm and seafood sector. In addition, federal agencies must use every tool available to keep people in their homes, on the land, and on the water.