Organic Consumers Association

ACT BY MIDNIGHT MARCH 9: Tell the USDA What You want Food & Farming to Look Like in 50 Years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to know what your vision is for the U.S. food and farming system over the next 50 years.

TAKE ACTION BY MIDNIGHT MARCH 9: Please sign the petition telling the USDA you want a regenerative food and farming system.

On March 2, the Organic Consumers Association presented testimony at the USDA’s “listening session” on the “Visioning of U.S. Agriculture Systems for Sustainable Production.” Now it’s your turn—the USDA has asked for public comments on what a “sustainable” food and farming system should look like.

Congress defined sustainable agriculture in the 1990 Farm Bill as:

An integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

•    Satisfy human food and fiber needs;
•    Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
•    Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
•    Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
•    Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

By this definition, U.S. agriculture is a long way from being sustainable.

To begin with, current U.S. production isn’t meeting our needs. We don’t even grow enough vegetables for every American to have the USDA-recommended daily allowance. It’s no wonder Americans are so unhealthy.

Moreover, U.S. agriculture isn’t “enhancing”—or even making “the most efficient use of”—“the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends.” The soil of U.S. cropland is swept and washed away 10 times faster than it is replenished. This costs us $37.6 billion every year.

We can do better. That’s why OCA has created this petition, asking the USDA to shift to a diverse, resilient, adaptive and regenerative food system that works with nature, not against it.

TAKE ACTION BY MIDNIGHT MARCH 9: Please sign the petition telling the USDA you want a regenerative food and farming system. 

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Number Date Name Comments
21655 1 day ago Rosemary Lantagne
21654 1 day ago Christin Dahl
21653 1 day ago Anonymous
21652 2 days ago Leslie Mason
21651 3 days ago William DeVore
21650 4 days ago Ralph Notaro
21649 4 days ago Lyn Kerschen We are relying more and more on other countries for healthy food. We need a plan.
21648 4 days ago Anne Baron no poisons used, especially anything by Monsanto.The world has raised crops for many, many more years without poisons than with them. We can do it again.
21647 4 days ago Laurelanne Beck Remove pesticides.
Stop feeding society blood and flesh.
Encourage a vegan society.
Replace fuel systems with solar and windbine.
21646 6 days ago J. Woodworth
21645 1 week ago Aubrey Ripley
21644 1 week ago Gloria Larkin Per my studies at UCLA in sustainability, this country currently has an unsustainable system! We are the only species that knowingly poisons itself! The toxic food system must end!
21643 1 week ago Nicole Speciale
21642 1 week ago Richard Pecha
21641 1 week ago Dr. Alexander Henrich
21640 1 week ago Anonymous
21639 1 week ago Helen Jo Williams
21638 1 week ago Don Michaels
21637 1 week ago Anonymous
21636 1 week ago Ray Reyes
21635 1 week ago Pat Murphy
21634 1 week ago Aurelia Chee
21633 1 week ago Marco Parravicini
21632 1 week ago Anonymous
21631 1 week ago Leevon Looney
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