Walmart sells one fifth of America's food. Big Ag, made of the likes of Walmart, is in the halls of Congress and government, drafting the farm bill. It takes courage, luck, and grit to think of agriculture and, actually, farm.
I proposed to my working group we forget the agrotoxins and address instead the burning social and political issues of how we could make agriculture sustainable once again. I understood "sustainable" to mean friendly to the small family farmers and to the natural world.
Farmers aren't just farmers. They're business women and men, innovators and teachers, entrepreneurs and stewards of natural resources. With the support of research institutions, donor communities and eaters, family farmers have the power to nourish both people and the planet.
Farmers are doing their jobs. USDA did their jobs. Now Congress, by not doing their job, may be costing more 1,400 farmers their farms. Farmers are finding themselves in this last-hope situation because of many factors, often not under their control.
Today, as the minutes tick down to another farm bill deadline, people in towns and cities everywhere are taking matters into their own hands. They're standing up with family farmers and insisting on food that is best for them and their families.
Large landowners and agribusinesses in the West have been corrupting the county, state, and federal governments. They siphon off billions of dollars of public subsidies while they cannibalize the family farmers and wreck the communities and ecology of rural America.
Family farmers have been and will always continue to be critical to national and global food security. Food Tank will be featuring posts focused on the issues and innovations critical to family farmers around the world, as well as actions everyone can take to support them.
Through consistent and deliberate year-round work, farmers provide us with the makings of our holiday traditions. They grow the flowers that adorn our tables, the wreaths on our doors, and the Christmas trees that are a centerpiece for many families.
The GIPSA rules would create a fair marketplace for farmers to sell their livestock without fear of retaliation from packers and integrators, require packers to maintain written records over price deviations and prevent undue preferences.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) held another joint public hearing on anti-trust issues in farming. This hearing focused on dairy farmers, who, it's fair to say, are in a state of overwhelming crisis.