Hosted by PAN and the National Family Farm Coalition, this is a recording of the online forum: "Farmers for a Green New Deal".
We must ensure that future binding Green New Deal law-making centers the solutions posed by farmers, workers, and their communities. Looking for more information regarding the solutions shared in this webinar? Check out the links below:
- Food From Family Farms Act, from the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC): This policy proposal was crafted by NFFC to ensure fair prices for family farmers, safe and healthy food, and vibrant, environmentally sound rural communities here and around the world.
- Parity and Farm Justice: Recipe for a Resilient Food System, Food First Backgrounder: This report published by Food First makes a case for for federal farm policy that centers parity pricing and farm justice. “Every 4-5 years, the U.S. Farm Bill bounces back and forth between the House and Senate chambers of the U.S. legislature as progressive NGOs engage in lobbying efforts to support social programs. None [of these programs] call for parity, the foundation for an equitable farm and food policy. What is missing, according to the authors of this Backgrounder, is farm justice.”
Reparations and Land Justice
- National Black Food and Justice Alliance Platform: The National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations that organize for land, justice, and food sovereignty, and their platform is a powerful call to action for reparations and land justice. “Sovereignty as the ultimate goal cannot be achieved without confronting the question of governance. We work to ensure that Black people have not only the right, but the ability to control our food, through means including but not limited to the means of production & distribution. Governance of food systems must be rooted in the right to healthy & culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound & sustainable methods, and the right to define our own food & agriculture systems. Even in naming our rights, we know we will not enjoy any rights which we will not assert through action. Shifting from an exclusively rights-based framework to a framework of governance & community power centers the needs of those working and consuming at all points of the food chain, over the demands of corporations & markets.”
- Indigenous Principles of Just Transition, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN): IEN is a network of Indigenous peoples and individuals addressing issues of environmental and economic justice. Their Principles of Just Transition outline a framework to shift from “stopping the bad to building the new,” while centering the sovereignty of Indigenous people. “Now is the moment to break the cycle of the U.S. and Canadian governments consistently pressuring Indigenous Nations and our communities to choose between western forms of economic development and our responsibilities as ‘guardians’ for Protecting the sacredness and territorial integrity of Mother Earth and Father Sky in accordance with our respective Original Instructions, that is woven into our identity as Indigenous Peoples.”
Centering Food and Agriculture in the Green New Deal:
- This joint letter urges Congress to make food and agriculture central to the climate crisis and Green New Deal debate. A coalition of more than 300 groups sent a letter to Congress calling for a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change. The group, made up of farming, ranching, fishing, farmworker, food, agriculture, consumer, public health and environmental organizations urges Congress to adopt a just transition to a sustainable food and agricultural future centered on America’s farmers, ranchers, fishers and workers.