Friends of the Earth U.S., on behalf of 2.8 million members and supporters in the United States, is pleased to present these comments in response to USDA’s Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.
The USDA Foods program, while providing well-intentioned financial support for school districts, contributes to menus that rely heavily on carbon-intensive, ultra-processed foods like hamburgers, deli meat sandwiches, and chicken nuggets sourced from the largest industrial meat and dairy corporations.
This legislation aims to build a framework for broad-scale development of carbon markets and to pave the way for a national cap-and-trade program. We oppose these carbon schemes for the reasons discussed below.
As schools across the nation grapple with how to feed kids healthier, more sustainable food on tight budgets, an inspiring story from Northern California provides a roadmap for change.
TIAA’s “Responsible Investment in Farmland” report series highlights the fact that in 2011 TIAA was one of a group of businesses that developed the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) Farmland Guidelines, which are supposed to guide ins tu onal investors who wish to invest in farmland in a responsible manner.