Sustaining Our Agriculture

We believe that the food consumed by Americans should be the best it can possibly be. For too long, the only individuals benefiting from our agricultural practices are big ag businesses. We are working to create a system that allows for farmers, rural communities, and the environment to thrive. We can do this by:

 

  • Putting an end to factory farming

    • Factory farming is responsible for a significant chunk of annual, worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane, a GHG that is much more potent than carbon dioxide. Additionally, animal agriculture requires huge swathes of land to produce products, which leads to other serious problems like deforestation, habitat loss, and the degradation of water, air, and soil quality. It’s time we rethink and rebuild how we get our food.

  • Banning antibiotics in animal husbandry

    • Currently, antibiotics are used in animal feed to slightly improve growth rates and prevent our livestock from getting infections. The problem is, we end up consuming the same antibiotics that are given to the animals we eat. This has, over time, contributed to growing antibiotic resistance in humans. This creates a public health crisis in which the antibiotics we rely on to protect us from harmful bacteria will gradually become less responsive. We need to stop letting Big Ag put efficiency and profits over our health.

  • Reforming patent laws to protect farmers from predatory lawsuits from seed corporations

    • We need to update our legislation surrounding agribusiness practices in a serious way. Powerful agriculture corporations are preying on small, family-owned farms and the products of their hard work, even causing some to go bankrupt. Let’s set the record straight: food is NOT intellectual property, and our families, our neighbors, and our country are harmed by the current system that treats food as such.

  • Strengthening Organic Standards

    • The USDA-approved organic label on our groceries needs to actually mean something. This means that we are going to have to certify producers and handlers according to rigorous organic standards and qualifications. We need oversight to ensure that we are holding up these organic standards. This applies to both large corporations and family-owned farms. Ultimately, we are going to strengthen the integrity of the organic supply chain and allow consumers and the industry to trust the organic label.

  • Developing Fair Trade partnerships that protect farmers both domestically and abroad

    • Fair Trade businesses meet internationally agreed upon standards that protect both businesses and producers of food. This allows farm workers to have a say in how they invest in and run their organizations, and it brings them to the international decision-making table. 

  • Enacting supply management programs to protect against shortages and surpluses

    • Supply management sets a price floor, or a lowest possible price, for good so that regardless of fluctuations in production and crop yield, farmers earn a profit on their yield. These protections will guarantee that farmers can always earn a livable wage.

  • Banning synthetic fertilizer

    • Synthetic fertilizers are a shortcut in agriculture that cause more harm than good. They may marginally help crop yields, but they degrade soil quality causing harmful nitrogen runoff into our drinking waters and other waterways. Excess nitrogen in our oceans and streams can kill wildlife or even be consumed by fish that will be harvested for us to eat. 

  • Eliminating overtime exemptions for farm workers

    • Currently, farm workers do not have the privilege of earning overtime pay. We believe that farmers are some of the most important and hardest-working laborers in the country. Our lives depend on their livelihoods. We want to implement policies that show that we respect our farm workers, and that starts by removing current exemptions that prevent them from earning time and a half when they work over 40 hours a week.

  • Rebuilding regional agriculture infrastructure 

    • The powerful, corporate infrastructure of much of America’s agricultural industry has destroyed smaller-scale producers and processors in our rural communities. We need to fund and incentivize local processing and distribution of goods, as well as encourage beneficial local business models such as food co-ops, where members of the co-op have a say in how it is run.

Paid For And Approved By Adam Christensen For Congress
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