Food Sovereignty Activists See The Pandemic Crisis As Pivotal For Change

By David Bacon, Food First. -

Disaster brings change, however. Many grassroots organizations and movements are trying to seize the moment to propose alternatives, and in some cases, to begin implementing them. Some are [...]

USDA COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted

By Eric Deeble, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. -

The Trump Administration announced the impending opening of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) farmer aid payments to be delivered by the United States Department of Agriculture [...]

The Generosity Of Agriculture

By Kerry Hoffschneider, Indianz. -

The generosity of agriculture and the potential for farmers, ranchers and all people to act in more selfless fashions can be found amongst the chaos of the times if one looks for it closely [...]

The Great Potato Giveaway

By David Ryder and Christopher Walljasper, Reuters. -

Auburn, Washington - When Tina Yates pulled her truck up to a mall in western Washington state on Thursday, workers waved her past hundreds of cars waiting to pick up free russet potatoes. “You [...]

Day Of Reckoning Dawns For Industrial Livestock Farms

By Mark Heller, E and E News. -

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing livestock farms and grocery stores to consider whether the meat industry is primed for a new way of doing business. Critics of industrial-scale livestock [...]

Groups Urge Mnuchin To Ban Large Agribusinesses From CARES Act Aid

By Friends of the Earth. -

Washington, DC — A coalition of 68 farmer, environmental, and antitrust groups across the country sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today, urging the U.S. Department of the [...]

Midwest Farmers Face Suicide Crisis

By Katie Wedell, Lucille Sherman and Sky Chadde, USA TODAY Network. -

One by one, the three men from the same close-knit community took their own lives. Their deaths spanned a two-year stretch starting in mid-2015 and shook the village of Georgetown, Ohio, about [...]

‘Frontline Farmers’: Highlights From 50 Years Of Agrarian Activism

By Lois Ross, Rabble.ca -

Depending on the reader's knowledge of agrarian activism in Canada, Frontline Farmers is either an insightful reminder of various campaigns and struggles, or an excellent introduction to [...]

Black Farmers Shut Out Of $10 Billion Medical Marijuana Business

By Carolyn M. Brown, Blackenterprise.com -

Now legalized in 23 states and the District of Columbia for medical use and four states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska — and DC for recreational use, cannabis is big business. [...]

Herbicide Warfare Against Gaza Farmers

By Maureen Clare Murphy, Portside.org -

Israel’s military propagandists are at it again. A video recently tweeted by COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, celebrates its efforts to teach Palestinian farmers in [...]

Unfair Food Pricing Is Killing Family Farms And Regenerative Farming

By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout.org -

In February, a dairy farmer friend sent me a note confiding that a few farmers she knows are living on cereal until their milk checks arrive. Yet, the recently released census of agriculture [...]

10 Ways Farmers Can Fight Climate Change

By Brie Mazurek, Cuesa.org -

As the largest agricultural producer in the U.S., California is on the frontlines of the fight against climate change. Our state also feels the impacts of climate change acutely through increased [...]

Sharon Treat: Mainers Right To Be Skeptical That USMCA Will Fix Farmers’ Woes

By Staff, Sunjournal.com -

True, NAFTA and other “old trade agreements” hurt farmers and rural economies. It doesn’t follow, though, that the new NAFTA represents a bright new day — and a rebranding doesn’t mean an [...]

Trump Trade War Helps Push Farmers Into Record Number Of Bankruptcies

By Mary Papenfuss, Huffingtonpost.com -

Dairy farmers were counting on China milk buyers before the trade war. “The problem is both nations have stubborn leaders,” an industry analyst said. Hard times for farmers got tougher with [...]

How Climate Change Forces Central American Farmers To Migrate

By Edgardo Ayala, Towardfreedom.org -

CANDELARIA DE LA FRONTERA, El Salvador (IPS) – As he milks his cow, Salvadoran Gilberto Gomez laments that poor harvests, due to excessive rain or drought, practically forced his three children [...]

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