Tell Congress: The Green New Deal Must Include Food & Farming Issues
You can’t solve the problems caused by climate change without also revamping our food system in the process. The Green New Deal offers a unique and profoundly important opportunity to protect our shared future. Agriculture and industrial food production generate nearly one-third of all global climate-change emissions, making the food sector a leading producer of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases.
Tell Congress: food issues must be addressed in the Green New Deal!
The food sector is America’s largest employer and a top source of climate-harming emissions. At the same time, farmers, fishers, farmworkers, food-chain workers, rural and urban communities and food companies are all greatly harmed by weather disasters and disruptions fueled by climate change. For the Green New Deal to be effective, the people who make our meals possible — America’s farmers, ranchers, fishers, farmworkers, and food industry workers — must be at the negotiating table.
We’ve joined a nationwide coalition of more than 200 food, farming, fishing, worker, environmental, and public health organizations urges demanding that the Green New Deal reflect the central role of food and agriculture in both our climate crisis and its solutions. Science shows conclusively that we have no time to lose. We urgently need to make fundamental changes to our food and farming systems to stabilize our climate and ensure food security for current and future generations.
4 key policy priorities and principles we’re fighting for
- Carbon reduction, sequestration and climate resilience;
- Fair prices for farmers, ranchers and fishers, anti-trust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation, and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers;
- Diversified, resilient local and regional food economies anchored by family farmers, ranchers and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all to combat consolidation in the food and farming sector and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland;
- Avoid “false solutions” and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress.
Tell Congress you want these policies and principles reflected in the Green New Deal.