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Food & Agriculture

We work to rapidly transition our food system to one that is sustainable, healthy, and just. For decades, United States food and farming policy, corporate power and agricultural science have been directed toward a narrow goal: producing as many calories as possible as cheaply as possible. The confluence of these forces has created a powerful river of toxic, energy-intensive factory farming. We are eroding public health, worker safety, local economies, animal welfare, and the resilience of the ecosystems we depend on. Solutions are available — if policymakers, people and businesses make vitally needed changes. We must farm in a way that protects the health of people and the planet. We seek three fundamental shifts in our food system: from toxic and chemical intensive to healthy and ecologically regenerative; from corporate controlled to democratically governed; and from a system that embodies the deepest inequities in our society to one that advances justice and fulfills the needs of all eaters now and in the future.
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California bans brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos, helps farmers transition to safer alternatives

By outlawing chlorpyrifos, California joins New York and Hawaii in putting public health and the environment over corporate profits. We call on the state to work as swiftly as possible to cancel the registration of chlorpyrifos.

Vermont passes bill to ban consumer use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

The Vermont Legislature today passed a bill banning consumer use of neonicotinoid pesticides by July 2019. During the legislative session, thousands of Friends of the Earth members in Vermont called and emailed their lawmakers in support of the bill.

Friends of the Earth and Tisch Food Center convene “Greening School Food” experts in northeast regional forum in Albany

Following New York City’s recent announcement to implement Meatless Mondays and slash red meat purchases by 50 percent in its school system, the event is designed to share best practices from across the northeast region for improving school menus for better health outcomes and reduced climate impacts. 

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Withdrawal of Trump’s unqualified anti-science USDA nominee
Withdrawal of Trump’s unqualified anti-science USDA nominee

Friends of the Earth members successfully pressured unqualified, anti-science USDA nominee Sam Clovis to withdraw from consideration.

Moving the Garden Industry Away From Bee-Killing Pesticides
Moving the Garden Industry Away From Bee-Killing Pesticides

Thanks to Friends of the Earth, three-quarters of the garden industry has moved away from neonics, and many major retailers have committed to stop selling plants and products treated with these bee-killing pesticides.

Keeping Our Food System Safe & Sustainable
Keeping Our Food System Safe & Sustainable

Thanks to pressure from Friends of the Earth and thousands of our members who highlighted the many sustainability and health concerns surrounding genetically engineered salmon and the lack of consumer demand, 80 food retailers have made commitments to not sell GE salmon, including Walmart, Costco, Albertson’s, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and…

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I’ve been a farmworker all my life. Here’s why you should buy organic food
I’ve been a farmworker all my life. Here’s why you should buy organic food

Like millions of farmworkers who have labored in America’s fields and orchards, I know what it’s like to grow the food we eat using toxic pesticides.

Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal
Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal

Climate change is a crisis that needs new thinking. For almost 30 years, the promise of cap-and-trade, carbon markets and faith in capitalism have generated a never-ending debate that has careened toward political inaction.

Amidst “insect apocalypse” Ace Hardware steps up and takes action on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides
Amidst “insect apocalypse” Ace Hardware steps up and takes action on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

For the first year, all major garden retailers are on record committing to eliminate the use of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides on the products and garden plants that they sell.

Resources See All
  • Shopper’s Guide to GMOs: Are You Ready For The New Wave of Genetic Engineering?
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  • Green New Deal Food & Ag Sign-On Letter
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  • Organic for All: Results of the Organic Diet Biomonitoring Study
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