• Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

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Bring Democracy Back to Our Food System

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      Food & Water Watch

Our food system is broken, and it didn’t happen by accident.

Rampant consolidation in the food industry has left control of much of our food in the hands of a few large firms which serve as a bottleneck between 2 million farmers and more than 300 million consumers. Farmers receive lower prices for their products while consumers face higher prices at the grocery store.

As more farms bow to the economic pressure to “get big or get out,” intensive production practices, like raising livestock on factory farms, put public health and the environment at risk.

More and more, consumers are seeking alternatives to the industrial food system. Sales of organic foods have skyrocketed in recent years, and new farmers markets are sprouting up across the country.

But we can’t just shop our way out of this problem. While we work to restore links in our local food systems that bring farms and consumers together, we need to fix our broken food policy at the federal level.

Our next farm bill should ensure fair markets for farmers and re- build regional food systems that consumers need to reconnect with healthy, fair food. Take action and write Congress to demand a fair farm bill now.

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    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
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    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
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    5. Reached 9,000 signatures

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    • Nancy Wood COLUMBIA, MO
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need to preserve diversity in food stocks & seed. Small farmers, especially organic farmers, need protection from the practices of Monsanto and mega farms.

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    • B L VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support your cause. If you could also take a moment to check out my cause it would be greatly appreciated! http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-increase-octips-budget-to-750000-annually-and-rehire-robin-pike

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    • Jenny Ford BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      All citizens should have access to healthy, non GMO, pesticide free, and local foods.

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    • K R PLANO, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      It is an outright assault on our food system. Whats happen when large multinational corporations, like Monsanto, patent life and create mono-culture farms is the increasing bottleneck effect on local farmers. Large industrial-farms (almost an oxymoron) lead to higher outbreaks of deadly bacterial diseases like Listeria and to the degradation of our food. In fact, the USDA even acknowledges that our food is less nutritious from food just a few decades ago, in the 70's. We, the people, need to vote with our dollars by buying direct from our local farmers and begin investing in our health by avoiding the cheap GE foods.

      If you want to learn more about our contemporary industrial food system, I encourage you to see the following documentaries: Food, Inc., The Future of Food, and Food Matters. All of these entertaining documentaries can be found on Netflix and will give you the necessary knowledge about this increasingly disturbing topic. Remember, knowledge is power!

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    • sarah bracy CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because Walmart's produce is disgusting.

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