If the Administration is exercising their rights to support “innovation, nutrition security, sustainability, and the mutual success of our farmers and producers”, they must also advance social justice, food sovereignty and environmental protections for all partners instead of a race to the bottom for the producers and workers providing our food.
In essence, the USMCA panel decision affirms Canada’s right to maintain its supply management program but could undermine Canadian farmers and food processing workers’ ability to benefit economically from local milk and value-added food products.
On World Food Day, and the UN Committee on World Security’s 49th plenary session is currently underway (virtually) in Rome, 68 U.S.-based organizations from across the food system joined the US Food Sovereignty Alliance today to send a letter to the Biden Administration, USDA, State Department, and the US Mission to the UN Rome-based agencies.
The fact that the U.S. continues to deregulate genetic engineering — in the face of evidence of harm to both workers and biodiversity from associated pesticide overuse15 does not justify imposing these policies on other countries under the guise of trade policy. While agribusiness trade groups may demand such policies (which certainly benefit global pesticide and seed companies), they do not benefit family farmers.
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.
Since NAFTA’s start in 1994, “free trade” schemes have put hundreds of thousands of U.S. family farms out of business, while dramatically increasing corporate agribusiness’ profits, market control and the monopolization of our farm and food industry.
Trump Administration measures announced this week will not return prosperity to rural America.
Family Farmers and Ranchers Seek Economic Empowerment, not Taxpayer Bailout