Issues

Agriculture can provide an abundant supply of food, economic resiliency for local economies and financial success for farmers and peasants, all without exploiting people or nature.

Farm to School programs link children to nearby small and mid-size farms and ranches that produce fresh, healthy and minimally processed foods that are served at their schools. Aimed at educating children about where and how their food is grown, strengthening local economies and supporting healthy eating habits, the Farm to School movement is rapidly growing.

The meat industry is continuing to rapidly change to become more global and be dominated by multi-national corporations. These multi-national corporations are merging to become even larger companies that control more of one industry from raising the animals to the processing and distribution. 

Multi-national corporations thrive on closed door meetings where they write the rules of the global economy. The world is much more complex than just "free trade agreements." Anytime a product crosses a border, physically or electronically, there are laws and regulations that govern the transaction. 

Climate change and agriculture are tied directly to social equity and development. Agriculture is both a cause and solution to global warming. Climate change creates new challenges to food production and the people who produce it.

Rural America is a changing landscape, where renewable energy, new markets for food and crops, and new residents can serve as a basis for more resilient and sustainable farms, rural economies and ecosystems.