Appoint a Secretary of Agriculture who will work for the good of ALL Americans

Appoint a Secretary of Agriculture who will work for the good of ALL Americans

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Stephanie Maxson started this petition to President-Elect Joe Biden

Dear President-elect Biden - We ask you to consider very seriously the importance of our agriculture and food systems for ensuring all Americans are fed adequately and healthfully when selecting the next Secretary of Agriculture.

Agriculture in the United States does not currently meet human nutrition and health needs, nor will this improve if we continue with the status quo. The US does not currently produce enough vegetables or fruit to meet the nutrition needs of every American. Many American children go to bed hungry each night due to lack of adequate food, and other Americans are dying prematurely of heart disease and diabetes as a result of a poor quality diet.

Access to food and opportunities for farming in our nation are not equitable, contributing to the problem of institutionalized racism. In addition, monoculture mega-farming is contributing to loss of biodiversity crucial to the health of our planet. Farming subsidy practices are outdated, supporting excessive production of corn, wheat, and soy. Of course our nations farmers should receive federal support through the necessary transitions so that they may continue to earn a living while providing for the nutrition and health needs of our country.

The Secretary of Agriculture has the potential to correct these problems, but only if you choose a Secretary who understands how these problems are interconnected and has the vision for real solutions. I encourage you to look to the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy as an example of what is possible when human health, environmental health, and agriculture are coordinated. If you genuinely support improvements to human health, environmental policy and equity in the US, then you cannot ignore the contributions of our current agricultural systems. Real change is possible. Please select a Secretary of Agriculture who will lead our nation in substantive change for the good of all.

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