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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House Committee Advances Child Nutrition Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act with a vote of 27-19.

Friends of the Earth Applauds Child Nutrition Measures to Increase Plant-Based School Meal and Beverage Options

Today, the House introduced the “Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act” Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation.

Environmental justice, climate groups call on EPA to rein in the harms of factory farms

A letter sent to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urges him to act on the EPA’s existing authority to provide federal oversight of factory farms.

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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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Reviewing the Climate & Agriculture provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act
Reviewing the Climate & Agriculture provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is many things at once. The good and the bad all need to be considered together.

What Can I Do to Help the Bees?
What Can I Do to Help the Bees?

Looking for ways to help bees survive? Check out these actions you can take from home to protect our vital pollinators.

Are Bees Really Disappearing?
Are Bees Really Disappearing?

Bee populations are declining year after year, disappearing in front of our eyes. Learn which bees are most at risk & how you can help

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