20,000 Citizens and 60 Organizations Call for a Sustainable, Equitable 2012 Farm Bill
November 15th, 2012
“It’s time for an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill – NOW!” – this week, we learned that over 20,000 people across the country agree!
Farmers, advocates, and 60 organizations from across the country joined forces this week to deliver a petition to Congress demanding a full, five-year 2012 Farm Bill that: invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people; protects our precious air, soil, and water; and makes real reform to farm subsidies and levels the playing field for family farmers.
Today, November 15, those same partners are collaborating on a national day of action to drive the message home with thousands of calls from farmers and advocates across the country.
The full text of the petition delivered yesterday:
For the sake of our nation’s health, our farmers, and our natural resources, we need you to do your job. We need a better farm bill, and we need it this year!
An equitable, sustainable, 21st century farm bill must:
INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY FARMS, FOOD & PEOPLE
- Harness the economic power of local and organic food and small businesses to strengthen rural and urban communities and create jobs
- Grow the next generation of American farmers by providing the tools, training, and access to capital that beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers need to succeed
- Ensure access to fresh, healthy food for all – including those in need and in our schools
PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS AIR, SOIL & WATER
- Reward farmers for their environmental stewardship by fully funding farm conservation programs
- Do not raid long-term conservation efforts to pay for short-term disaster fixes
- Link federal crop insurance support to conservation of wetlands and fragile soils
REFORM FARM SUBSIDIES & LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
- Eliminate wasteful direct payments
- Target support to working farm families by closing loopholes that benefit mega-farms and millionaire investors
- Cap farm and crop insurance subsidies to improve fiscal responsibility
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, 60 partner organizations, and over 20,000 citizens.
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