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agriculture

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President Trump's Agricultural and Rural Advisory Team, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Americans Want Labeled Beef

Please support the clear and transparent labeling of USA born, raised and harvested beef. Getting this definition attached to the phrase “Product of the USA” is your only assurance that the beef you purchase was solely raised in the United States.  The United States Cattlemen's Association asks that only beef that has been born, raised and harvested in the United States be labeled as U.S.A. Beef. Due to the repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling law in 2015, there are no clear definitions for what constitutes a U.S. beef product. For example, cattle or beef that is imported into our borders and then undergoes further processing or handling at a USDA-inspected facility can be labeled as a "Product of the United States”, even if the handling of the product was minimal.This lack of a clearly defined label is highly misleading to the consumer. Consumers are only able to make wise choices if provided the information they need to make those choices. Clear, Transparent, Defined labeling fulfills: 1. Consumers desire transparency and freedom of choice in the foods they purchase. Consumers are aware that there may be different feed, veterinary practices or husbandry practices that are used in raising beef or cattle in other countries. For example, some countries utilize forced or slave labor in the raising of cattle and production of beef. Other countries cause irreparable environmental damage, either through rainforest deforestation or harmful production practices. Consumers have the right to make decisions that align with their personal values and beliefs.  2. The ability of consumers and retailers to recognize products that have been recalled, thereby increasing food safety at home and in the grocery store. Consumers and retailers need to have the capacity to trace product and make smart decisions in the case of bio-security issues involving herd health or when emerging zoonotic diseases come to light  3. The prevention of U.S. economic loss by ensuring our ranchers, feedlot owners, and backgrounders are all allowed the opportunity to succeed in a global marketplace. U.S. cattle producers need to have the ability to differentiate their domestic product from imported product in the marketplace. Country-of-origin labeling prevents U.S. agriculture jobs from being outsourced to other countries who can produce beef at a lower cost due to less stringent environmental and workplace regulations. Just as Americans don't want U.S. factories moved overseas, why would we send agriculture jobs out of our country? Please support the clear and transparent labeling of USA born, raised and slaughtered beef.  For more information, visit United States Cattlemen's Association at www.uscattlemen.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uscattlemens 

Americans Want Labeled Beef
1,800 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp

In 1985, my dad, Willie Nelson, helped organize Farm Aid, a benefit concert for America's family farmers. He's always been dedicated to helping farmers and the environment -- something he's passed on to his children. One of the most important issues for us is allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp -- something that's still not completely legal in the United States.  It is nuts that I can walk into my local health food store and purchase a variety of healthy hemp foods but it is not legal for most American farmers to grow and sell this amazing crop. It is time to allow American farmers to grow this sustainable and extremely useful plant, bring back economic vitality to our rural communities, and help rebuild our depleted soils. Please join me and the National Hemp Association to help pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which will: Enable American farmers to freely import seeds from outside the U.S. to grow millions of acres of American hemp without a need for pesticides or herbicides and using 1/3 the water needed for corn.​ Help America rebuild a multi-faceted industry which would generate tens of thousands of jobs for rural farmers and middle income businesses. Eliminate the confusion between marijuana and hemp and clarify the myriad of beneficial uses of industrial hemp. Clear up the conflicting legal status around the use and sale of products made from hemp extractions. End the restrictions surrounding the transportation of seeds and live plants across state boundaries. Remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Thank you very much for your support.  - Micah Nelson

National Hemp Association Micah Nelson
102,799 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Society

Save farmers! Save farming!

(picture credits to the respective owner) Save Farming! Save Farmers! Farming is extremely essential worldwide. It also stands as the #1 source for food, which automatically makes it an integral part of our life. You can question, then shouldn't farming be considered our top most priority? Well, that is not the case here. In our society, there is barely any respect shown towards this wonderful service that farmers do for the community. It is certainly detestable to realize that farming has always been looked down upon and given the least amount of attention in comparison to other areas of work. This ideology should definitely change. The fact that it has reached up to this point is absolutely unacceptable. Farmers have NEVER been receiving the adequate amount of money to live a prosperous life. Actually, not even a satisfactory life. Many farmers are still fighting poverty struggling to get past a day let alone a whole year. Many have committed suicide due to loss of money, very least profit, crops dying due to lack of water and/or fire and many other horrible reasons. Neduvasal is a village in Tamil Nadu, India. Currently the Neduvasal Protests Against Hydrocarbon Extraction has been on the news for a while now in India. Hydrocarbon extraction is such a deplorable act where a huge amount of chemicals are to be released on land, which eventually will damage a large portion of a district just for the sake of businesses to make money. The villagers’ in Neduvasal are frightened that it would destroy years and years of hard work and progress that has gone into agriculture. Many youngsters and farmers have been protesting for justice. This is so unfair and dishonorable for one to make such a heinous decision in the first place to execute it in a place like India, where farming has been alive for more than 5000 years. India has also been ranked second worldwide for agriculture, where 80% of the food source is from farming. Farming is crucial for living not only for farmers but also for each one of us. It is super important that we provide a solution for farmers and their respected families to lead a successful life. Solution: 1) Government can start funding farmers, at least from our tax money. 2)They could create a crop insurance. 3) They can provide free medical care and free education to the children of the farmers. 4) A "farmers card" can be given, where they have stored money inside the card to buy the essentials needed. 5) Farmers have taken loans to continue farming. Government could waive it off. There has been a lot of news about their crops dying from lack of water, materials, and money to grow their crops. Sudden fires destroy huge acres of plantations the farmers put their blood and sweat into as well. Instead of the government pouring abundance amount of money for elections and other insignificant events, they could actually start doing something valuable for the farmers. High time to take some action!  The solutions listed above are just a few ideas of what possibly can lessen the problems faced by the farmers. There are so many other ways to help them! Like what? Support them. Value them. Realize the importance of these issues. Reach out.  I am just a college student who is very much frustrated with the societies low place for farming and farmers. I wanted to do something. Honestly, if I am willing to help, so can you. If such awful farming conditions keep existing and growing, the future will be out of our hands. Upcoming future generations will have to suffer immensely, especially for food. I view this as an opportunity to create awareness and take an initiative. Join me and let's do this! SAVE FARMERS! SAVE FARMING! 

Kirthana Mohan
50 supporters