Last week, staff from OCA and Citizens Regeneration Lobby (our 501(c)(4) lobbying arm) joined other groups in Washington, D.C. for a day of lobbying for better Farm Bill policies.
It was a day of knocking on doors, talking to members of Congress, pushing for policies that support the kind of farmers and farming that produce healthy, organic food, healthy local economies and a clean environment.
We saw glimmers of hope. But we have a long way to go before we get a Farm Bill that stops subsidizing industrial polluters, and starts promoting regenerative alternatives.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, farmer, author and activist Wendell Berry, quoting agricultural journalist Alan Guebert, said:
“Alan Guebert was right when he said in one of his columns that this farm bill will be much like the last one insofar as it will not address the real problems of agriculture. Those problems, as you know, are soil erosion, soil degradation, the pollution of waterways by sediment and toxic chemicals, various ecological damages, the elimination of small farms, the destruction of the cultures of husbandry and the ruin of country towns and communities. And maybe we should add specifically the curse of overproduction, which at present, as often before, is the major and the cruelest problem.”
Guebert paints a realistic picture of today’s industrial agribusiness model—and a pessimistic outlook for the future of the Farm Bill.
We can do better. But it will take more of us letting Congress know what we want when it comes to our food, our rural communities, our environment.
With your help, we’ll engage more farmers, more retailers and more consumers like you in efforts to convince Congress that the future of agriculture is regenerative.
Let’s keep knock, knock, knockin' on Congress' doors!