Food and farming
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. A growing body of scientific data tells us that the banks of the river are crumbling — as a society, we are eroding public health, worker safety, local economies, animal welfare and the resilience of the ecosystems we depend on. It is time to redirect the river. Along with producing food, we must farm in a way that protects the health of people and the planet.
The good news is that solutions are available — if policymakers, people and businesses are willing to make vitally needed changes. Friends of the Earth is helping to lead a groundswell of action focused on building a sustainable, healthy and equitable food system for all.
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