• Petitioned Debbie Stabenow, Senator of Michigan,

This petition was delivered to:

Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Debbie Stabenow, Senator of Michigan,
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
Frank Lucas, R-Okla
Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee
Collin Peterson, D-Minn
Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack
President of the United States of America
Barack Obama
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Samantha Power
Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)

Obama: Commit to sustainable agriculture

    1. Petition by

      Laetitia Mailhes

      San Francisco, CA

Food security is the single most important issue facing mankind today. Our food is making us sick. The way it’s produced is wasting energy, destroying our environment, and depleting vital natural resources including soil, water and biodiversity. More and more people have no access to healthy food. Meanwhile, our government has been supporting a destructive global food system that has little respect for life. 

“Business as usual is not an option”, claimed the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). This 4-year assessment endeavor was commissioned by the World Bank and six United Nations agencies, and it involved some 400 scientists around the world. IAASTD warned that industrial agriculture was threatening our survival, and recommended that nations embrace agroecology. In 2008, the IAASTD Reports, “Agriculture At A Crossroads”, were endorsed by 59 countries who have yet to act on their promise to support sustainable farming practices.

Rio+20 Outcome Document, The Future We Want, hasn't brought us any closer to any implementation of public policies to promote and support sustainable agriculture, unfortunately. Its chapter on "Food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture" lists what needs to happen but fails to define "sustainable agriculture", and doesn't include any sort of commitment. 

The work starts at home. It is the responsibility of the United States of America, as the self-proclaimed greatest nation on earth, to lead by example. Yet, our government won’t budge unless we, American citizens, speak up.

Let’s do everything in our power so that Washington commit to implementing the public policies that we need, as suggested by IAASTD, in order to ensure that our planet will nourish us abundantly for generations to come.

Please demand that the United States, the world’s most powerful supporter of industrial agriculture, commit to implementing the five requests for policy and regulatory changes that are spelled out in the petition letter. They address antibiotics, perverse subsidies, food sovereignty, animal by-products and the commitment to agroecology.

Go to nourish9billion.org to join the movement, to partake in the conversation about our food system, to take this campaign to your community.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Rio+ has come and gone... Now what?

      Laetitia Mailhes
      Petition Organizer

      Rio+20 Outcome Document, "The Future We Want" (see link below), hasn't brought us any closer to any implementation of public policies to promote and support sustainable agriculture, unfortunately.
      Its chapter on "Food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture" lists what needs to happen but fails to define "sustainable agriculture", and doesn't include any sort of commitment.

      We have gathered thousands of signatures thanks to Change.org, Care2.com and our partner SlowFood USA. We rely on you to help us keep this campaign alive, and to grow the movement. As Rio+20 has demonstrated, fertile ground for change is to be found in the energy and resources of civil society.

      Please share the word about the petition, visit our website www.nourish9billion.org to access information about agroecology and IAASTD, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Christine Hahn-Ramadan KENTFIELD, CA
      • 9 months ago

      There is too much control in the hands of a few corporations whose sole interest is profit.

      Sustainability must come first.

      We can not take capital from future generations.its just not right.

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    • Carol Abramoff MILWAUKEE, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a human being

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    • virgil ripley SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      the commons is the most important concept. we all live on earth and no where else. greed and profit above the welfare of all doesn't make sense.

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    • Jean du Plessis CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 1 year ago

      The livelihood of the world depends on it

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    • monica howe SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      this is important for my health and my children's future.

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