The administration and leaders in Congress have expressed their intention to promote fair competition and support rural communities. To seriously address the dairy crisis, they must stop pretending that exporting our way out of the crisis will benefit family-scale farmers, the environment and all those who rely on dairy.
According to a new coalition of farmers, growers, and academics led by the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), keeping existing farmers of color on the land—and helping new ones get started—will only be possible if they can get a price for their food that’s more than what it costs to produce it.
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.
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.
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.
Join this roundtable conversation as the first in a year-long series to dig more deeply into the history and intersectionality of disparity in our food system, and the policy solutions that can move us toward parity. Register at https://bit.ly/April23-disparity2parity-balancing-the-scales.
NFFC has called for emergency direct payments scaled to to dairy farm size and supply management to prevent farmers from depending on export markets.
I would strongly urge the Secretary to support reasonable dairy programs that would give all dairy farmers a chance to survive, and not force many more of them out of business.
North America LVC organizations ask their respective legislatures to vote against USMCA in its current form to advance our ongoing struggle for food sovereignty.
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