WATCH: Coalition of 10,000 Farmers and Ranchers Call On Congress to Pass Green New Deal

September 11, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

A coalition of nearly 10,000 farmers and ranchers on Wednesday demanded that Congress support the Green New Deal.

At a press conference on Capitol Hill and in a letter to lawmakers, farmers and ranchers from across the country said reducing fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2030 is needed to sustain their livelihood and is achievable—but only with congressional support for large-scale reforms to the agricultural industry.

“Farmers are our allies in the fight against climate change. For them, change is already at their door, and they’re feeling the effects.”
—Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)

“We stand ready to help achieve all of these [Green New Deal] goals,” wrote the coalition, led by the Sunrise Movement and Regeneration International. “But we need Congress to work with us to develop food and agriculture policies that support climate-friendly organic and regenerative farming, ranching, and land-use practices.”

Washington must shift its attention from the consolidated corporate agribusiness sector back to small family farms, the coalition said.

“We also ask that Congress stop subsidizing monopolistic, extractive industrial agriculture practices that pollute the environment, produce unhealthy food, and disproportionately devastate rural communities and economies,” reads the letter.

Watch the press conference:

Farmers and ranchers are major contributors to Republican candidates. A 2016 survey by Iowa State University found that only 40 percent of farmers agree with the scientific consensus that human activity like fossil fuel extraction is causing the climate crisis.

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