Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal is a bipartisan national coalition of rural and urban farmers and ranchers, and organizations that represent farmers and ranchers. Coalition members share a commitment and work together to advance food and agriculture policies that support organic, regenerative, agroecological and biodynamic food production and land-management practices.
Why a Farmers & Ranchers Coalition?
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal national coalition views the Green New Deal not as a partisan political initiative, but as a framework for transformational policy reform, across all sectors of the U.S. food and farming system.
The coalition supports policy reforms that expand economic opportunities for farmers and ranchers whose practices and businesses:
- combat climate change by reducing emissions and drawing down and sequestering carbon
- contribute to a clean environment and restore natural habitats
- provide access to locally produced, contaminant-free, nutrient-dense food
- help build and support resilient local and regional food systems and economies
- provide safe working conditions and living wages for farm workers
The coalition is committed to working with Congress to ensure that farmers and ranchers have a seat at the table when it comes to defining and finalizing the specific policies and programs that will form the basis for achieving the goals outlined in the Green New Deal Resolution.
Businesses for the Green New Deal
Sometimes the general public forgets that farm and ranch operations are businesses, and that farmers & Ranchers don’t operate in a vacuum. They are an integral part of their local business communities. If you’re a farmer or rancher and you’d like to be part of the larger movement for better policies for independent business owners, sign here to join the American Sustainable Business Council’s Businesses for the Green New Deal coalition.
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Regenerative Agriculture can change agriculture from being a major contributor to climate change to becoming a major solution.
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Both the Green New Deal and the New Food Deal can reorient the basics— and put Americans, our democracy, and the earth on the path to health. Just transitioning 10 percent of agricultural production to best practice regenerative systems will sequester enough CO2 to reverse climate change and restore the global climate.