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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New Study: Glyphosate Levels in Children and Adults Drop Dramatically After One Week of Eating Organic

The study is the first to examine how an organic diet  affects exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer AG’s (BAYRY) weedkiller Roundup®, the most widely used pesticide worldwide.

Sen. Schumer, Rep. McEachin, progressive and climate advocates speak out against liability waivers in covid stimulus

Mitch McConnell is much more worried about an imaginary epidemic of lawsuits than he is about the real life pandemic hurting the country

Mega poultry producer in hot water over fowl advertising, faces joint lawsuit

Sanderson Farms heavily brands itself as “100% Natural” despite routinely feeding its chickens antibiotics and raising them in unnatural industrial sheds.

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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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Banning bee-killing pesticides in wildlife refuges
Banning bee-killing pesticides in wildlife refuges

Bees in wildlife refuges are losing their ability to navigate due to toxic pesticide exposure. Help Friends of the Earth to protect these essential pollinators.

EPA is letting a brain-damaging pesticide poison us
EPA is letting a brain-damaging pesticide poison us

Chlorpyrifos – a toxic pesticide – is being allowed to poison our planet thanks to the EPA. Friends of the Earth is pushing Congress to ban it.

Pesticide companies are driving monarchs to extinction
Pesticide companies are driving monarchs to extinction

Monarchs have had record declines for two years in a row. The loss is so bad, they need Endangered Species Protection. Learn how you can help!

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  • Letter to Mnuchin on Big Ag COVID Relief
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  • CA Food and Farm Stimulus 4 Sign-On Letter
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