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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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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.

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Over 140 businesses, farmers and organizations call on Senate Agriculture Committee to support the National Organic Standards Board

One of the top reasons consumers buy organic food is to avoid toxic pesticides. If the National Organic Standards Board is weakened, the organic standards could be opened to allow toxic pesticides.

Honeybee death survey masks true scale of pollinator crisis

These dire honeybee numbers add to the consistent pattern of unsustainable bee losses in recent years that threatens our food system, but they are the tip of the iceberg.

Disastrous GOP Farm Bill Defeated

The defeat of the regressive and unjust GOP Farm Bill is a resounding victory for public health and the environment.

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2018 Farm Bill Watch: A Sneak Attack on the Organic Standards?
2018 Farm Bill Watch: A Sneak Attack on the Organic Standards?

Because of its promise for rural America, organic agriculture has growing support from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. So why is there language in the Farm Bill that would weaken the organic standards?

The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our Food System
The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our Food System

For the sake of America’s farmers and eaters, Congress must soundly reject this deeply regressive GOP Farm Bill.

Bayer, Monsanto and Big Data: Who will control our food system in the era of digital agriculture and mega-mergers?
Bayer, Monsanto and Big Data: Who will control our food system in the era of digital agriculture and mega-mergers?

Based on a recent poll, 91.7 percent of farmers surveyed are concerned that Bayer-Monsanto will control data about farm practices.

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