March 19, 2012
Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its 2012 Farm Bill policy platform, Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food & Farm Bill. The platform is the culmination of two years of policy work with a broad, diverse coalition of over 90 grassroots organizations from across the country. It reflects the real, urgent needs of farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs.
With a round of Senate Agriculture Committee hearings complete and House Agriculture Committee field hearings underway, Congress is currently working to write a new farm bill before the current one expires September 30, 2012. The economic, environmental, and public health crises of our time demand decisive farm policy reform that will ensure a more sustainable future for American agriculture. Adoption of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s 2012 Farm Bill platform will expand opportunities to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.
“Slow job recovery, a rapidly aging farm population, accelerating erosion and nutrient pollution, and atrophied regional food infrastructure can be viewed as a crisis or an opportunity,” said Susan Prolman, NSAC Executive Director. “Done right, a new farm bill can be part of the solution, putting in place building blocks for a more sustainable future of thriving farms, healthy food, and strong communities.”
Farming for the Future spans nearly every title in the farm bill and reflects a comprehensive approach to farm policy reform that will –
NSAC supports renewal and reform of the farm bill in 2012, on schedule. Congress will have to make tough choices to pass a farm bill that is forward-looking and fiscally responsible. Our measure of success will be whether Congress invests in the future of farming – and adoption of the policies in the platform can help lead the way.
“Congress should not delay the adoption of a new farm and food bill. It needs to do its job, this year, on time,” according to Prolman. “The new bill, though, should be comprehensive and forward-looking, not a rush job that ignores the big issues in favor of short-term expediency.”
The full platform is available online.
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