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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200 NGOs Worldwide Oppose Public Funding of Brazilian Meat Giant Marfrig 

If IDB-Invest is genuinely committed to tackling climate change, it must drop this loan and stop funding industrial livestock operations

Release of Billions of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Proposed in California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a proposal by Oxitec, a UK-based corporation, to introduce billions of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes across 12 undisclosed counties in California.

New Scorecard Reports 10 Major U.S. Food Retailers’ Progress on Protecting Bees from Toxic Pesticides

Friends of the Earth today released its latest Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard, ranking 25 of the largest US grocery retailers on pesticides and pollinator protection in their food and beverage supply chains.

Impact Stories See All
Banning a Brain-Damaging Pesticide
Banning a Brain-Damaging Pesticide

While the federal government prioritizes donations over decades of science, it’s more important than ever for states like New York to step up to protect public health and environment.

Stopping Trump’s Anti-Science USDA Nominee
Stopping Trump’s 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
Keeping Our Food System Safe

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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The human cost of a perfect lawn
The human cost of a perfect lawn

Every year, 80 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to maintain attractive, lush greenery. In many cities across the country, Latinx immigrant workers are the primary labor force responsible for lawn care.

Reasons Why Bees Are Dying
Reasons Why Bees Are Dying

Explore the main four reasons why bees are dying and how you can help save our vital pollinators.

Meijer, Target and Dollar Tree release new policies to help save the bees from toxic pesticides 
Meijer, Target and Dollar Tree release new policies to help save the bees from toxic pesticides 

Some food retailers are paying attention and beginning to step up to address the routine and unnecessary use of toxic pesticides in their supply chains.

Resources See All
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