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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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White House takes first step toward transforming federal food procurement and service

This week the Biden administration released best practices to increase access to healthy and safely prepared food in federal facilities.

New Scorecard Reveals Half of Major U.S. Food Retailers Have Pesticide Policies but Progress Falls Short to Protect Bees and Biodiversity

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

Friends of the Earth Statement in Response to USDA’s Climate-Smart Commodities Announcement

This lays the groundwork for Big Ag to use these projects to greenwash their own emissions and collect tremendous amounts of farm data.

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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Why is Roundup Still Being Sold?
Why is Roundup Still Being Sold?

The popular herbicide is still being sold despite over 125,000 lawsuits. Explore how dangerous this product truly is.

It’s time for Kroger to do better by the bees.

Have you ever walked into your favorite grocery store only to see some of your favorite foods missing in the produce section? Unfortunately, this could become commonplace if we don’t end the use of toxic pesticides in our food system.

Monarch Butterfly Endangered 
Monarch Butterfly Endangered 

In July 2022 monarch butterflies were classified as endangered. This iconic insect is teetering on the brink, but you can help. Find out how.

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  • 2022 Bee-Friendly Supermarket Scorecard
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  • Letter on IFC funding of Mavin
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