In an email, a farmer in Iowa told us that if he were able to attend the November 9 Climate Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, he’d want to ask the audience this:
“Could it possibly make sense that we have farmers contemplating suicide because of low commodity prices, while agribusiness consortiums are tearing out the Amazon rainforest to grow even more of these commodities and make them cheaper?”
If we lived in a world where sanity prevailed, the answer would be obvious.
But today’s industrial agribusiness fails the sanity test, on almost every level.
Consumers can, and must, help change the system by supporting organic regenerative farmers and boycotting industrial grain, meat, poultry and dairy products.
But consumers can’t do it alone. And farmers can’t change the system alone, either.
It’s time for a massive overhaul of U.S. food and farming policies. We can’t just “tweak” Farm Bill policy here and there and expect to see large-scale policy reform.
The farmer who wrote this email is a member of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal coalition, a joint project of OCA, Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement.
The coalition’s goal? Unite farmers and consumers around the call for a massive overhaul of U.S. ag policy.
It’s time for policymakers to support the farmers and ranchers who give back to their communities by growing healthy food while also being good stewards of the land—instead of allowing agribusiness lobbyists to write policies that let the big polluters and rainforest-destroyers and animal-abusers and resource-extrators and producers of pesticide- and drug-contaminated “cheap” food.
But just because it's time, just because it's obviously the only sane thing to do, doesn't mean it will happen.
We have to work at it. We have to all get involved.
Please support this critical campaign—for yourself, for the farmers, for the future of food, human health and Planet Earth.
You can help stop the insanity.