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. 

1-25 of 21703 signatures
Number Date Name Comments
21703 1 week ago Susanna Nieddu
21702 3 weeks ago Harry and Kathy Brownfield
21701 3 months ago Anonymous Consider chemicals in our food as a more likely cause of Autism and other mental illnesses.
21700 3 months ago Sylvia Boronski Working in a grocery store, I get to see. ALL THE WASTED dairy, produce, and meats THROWN AWAY. . Multiply this by several MILLION grovery stores. .. CLOSE DOWN FACTORY FARMS & go back to ORGANIC & ...
21699 3 months ago Michelle Schoening Farmers and Ranchers need to get parity for their production. They need to make a profit while new requirements are imposed. Change takes time and money. Use caution and common sense to build a s...
21698 5 months ago Esther Fons
21697 5 months ago Francesca D'Ambra We want organic food only
21696 6 months ago Reanna Silmon Don't remove any regulations!
21695 7 months ago Eric Wollscheid
21694 8 months ago Florinda Tudose
21693 10 months ago Giavanna Buonarroti
21692 12 months ago Andrea Squires
21691 12 months ago Linda Geskie
21690 1 year ago Ira Nussbaumer
21689 1 year ago Danuta Watola
21688 1 year ago Barbara Vieira
21687 1 year ago Ed Vieira
21686 1 year ago Kalliope M.
21685 1 year ago Sieglinda Preez
21684 1 year ago natasha salgado
21683 1 year ago Animae C
21682 1 year ago Ruth Rogers -- Include the need for non-gmo's;
-- include the need for organic produce, organic gardening and farming;
21681 1 year ago Anthony Maista
21680 1 year ago John Tokarowski This plan is vital to our planet and nations survival...
21679 1 year ago Anonymous
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