Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Call to Action
The following Call to Action is adapted from the Call to Action to End the Food Crisis issued by the US Working Group on the Food Crisis in 2008 and endorsed by several thousand organizations and individuals. It is included here as a springboard for future action of the Alliance, with the understanding that it will evolve to reflect new ideas, voices, and perspectives as the Alliance develops.
We call on people across the United States to use our political power and actions to fight poverty by rebuilding local food economies, and specifically for food system changes that:
1) Stabilize prices for farmers and consumers locally, nationally and globally by:
- Ending rampant financial speculation in food;
- Establishing and strengthening publicly-owned domestic, regional, and international strategic food reserves;
- Suspending international trade and investments in industrial-scale biofuels (a.k.a. agrofuels);
- Transforming corporate-oriented food aid;
- Ensuring fair prices to farmers, fishers, pastoralists and other food providers;
- Establishing equitable regional and global trade arrangements that enable countries, communities, and all farmers, fishers, pastoralists and other food providers to meet food and livelihood needs.
2) Balance power in the food system by:
- Reducing the political influence of agrifood corporations on public policy, e.g., by strengthening antitrust enforcement on those corporations and reducing their unregulated market power;
- Convening multi-stakeholder, representative food policy councils at state and local levels.
3) Make agriculture environmentally sustainable by:
- Supporting family farms’ transition to agroecological practices through incentives, purchasing and procurement;
- Halting expansion of government-supported agrofuels (biofuels) and transgenic seeds programs, mandates, and tax incentives and other subsidies
- Directing state and national farm policy, R&D, education and investment toward agroecological farming and sustainable food businesses.
4) Guarantee the right to healthy food by building local and regional food systems and fostering social, ecological and economic justice by:
- Calling on the US to join the community of nations to support the human right to food;
- Supporting domestic food production and independent, community-based food cooperatives and businesses in the United States and around the world;
- Establishing living wages, so that everyone can afford healthy food;
- Implementing full workers’ rights for farm workers and other food system workers;
- Implementing agrarian reform that takes land out of the hands of large corporations and puts it in the hands of communities for local food production.
- Strengthening the social safety net for low-income people across the US;
- Creating a solidarity economy that puts people before corporate profit in the US and around the world.
Through food sovereignty, the Earth can feed all living things.Tags: Corporations & Policies, Defense of Mother Earth, Food Sovereignty, Immigrants, Indigenous Sovereignty, Labor & Trade, Land/Resource Grabs, Local Food & Farming, Popular Education
Posted: October 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Fighting Against Land and Resource Grabs for Comprehensive Land Reform
Immigrant Rights and Trade
Read the USFSA’s Immigration Policy Principles for Food Sovereignty
Resources on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
On April 10 at 1 pm ET, the USFSA will host a learning call about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is being called NAFTA for the Pacific, and its implications for farmers and immigration. If you want to join the call, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the call information.
by John Kinsman, March 12, 2012
See updates, resources & actions on the Defense of Mother Earth page
Addressing Racism and Creating Leadership Structures that Reflect Frontline Communities
As we all know, the food system in the U.S. is dysfunctional and unjust. Our own movement reflects many of these contradictions and divides – this is why the Assembly was so important and why members of the USFSA recommitted to work together to ensure that as social justice advocates, we are conscious of issues of privilege and oppression in our work together. We will learn more together about issues of race and racism, and will work together to create a leadership structure that reflects the grassroots base-building, frontline communities that are most impacted by injustices in the food system.
Throughout the Assembly, participants reaffirmed the value of a US Food Sovereignty Alliance as a space for grassroots and national groups to build their power together in the food system and to provide solidarity to each other’s struggles, particularly in the face of corporate domination. We will continue to look for opportunities to take action in solidarity with each other.