Take Action: Farmers & Food Workers Are Essential—
Let's Treat Them That Way!
Small-scale farmers and food workers are essential to feeding our communities. That is why any future stimulus and relief bills passed by Congress must include their needs.
Less than 1% of the current $2 trillion-dollar relief (or “stimulus”) package is set to go to agriculture, but so far it looks like that aid is at risk of funding more corporate agribusiness as usual. Instead, relief money should invest in community members, not corporations.
This principle translates into the following specific priorities to support community-based food systems.
Keep Food and Farm Workers Safe
- Guarantee safe workplaces with handwashing breaks, protective equipment and space for physical distancing.
- Provide overtime and hazard pay to essential workers.
- Safeguard the right to organize for all workers so they can meaningfully exercise their labor rights, protecting themselves and their communities.
Protect the Most Vulnerable
- Ensure all workers receive the income they need to survive, regardless of immigration status or the size of the company they work for.
- Federally mandate paid sick leave and healthcare be provided for all people.
- Protect the most vulnerable with a moratorium on immigration enforcement and a release of detainees.
Feed Communities, not Fatten Agribusiness’ Bottom Line
- Expand food access and protect those who rely on programs like SNAP and WIC.
- Bolster local and regional food systems, including categorizing farmers’ markets as essential services and provide resources to allow them to feed their communities safely.
Keep Farmers on their Land
- Support infrastructure investment for small-scale farmers to purchase small-scale equipment to meet current demand in their communities.
- Take action to safeguard family farmers and ranchers through debt relief and a halt to foreclosures.
- Stop corporations from profiting off this crisis through an immediate moratorium on acquisitions and mergers in the food and agriculture sectors.
These policy proposals are based on the work of HEAL Food Alliance, of which Fair World Project is a member, and other allies. See the full list here: https://healfoodalliance.org/heal-food-alliance-covid-19-stimulus-package/