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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21680 1 day ago John Tokarowski This plan is vital to our planet and nations survival...
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21675 3 weeks ago Anonymous Please refocus USDA on organic farming and not Big Ag
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21664 1 month ago Andrea Gipson ORGANIC and NOTHING BUT ORGANIC
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