Agricultural Resource Links
The National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), provides a voice for grassroots groups on farm, food, trade and rural economic issues to ensure fair prices for family farmers, safe and healthy food, and vibrant, environmentally sound rural communities here and around the world. The NFFC (founded in 1986) represents family farm and rural groups in 30 states whose members’ face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities caused primarily by low farm prices and the increasing corporate control of agriculture.
By raising awareness and funds with an annual signature music concert and by awarding grants and by developing funding programs for farmers and rural service organizations, Farm Aid is helping to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid’s goal is to bring together family farmers and citizens to restore family farm – centered agriculture.
The Northeast Organic Farmers Association is a non-profit organization of 4,000 farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment. NOFA has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
NOFA Vermont is a non-profit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.
http://www.factoryfarm.org GRACE Factory Farm Project A unique team of expert consultants who help rural communities, family ranchers, and small farmers oppose the spread of new factory farms and close down existing ones that affect health and well-being. The team provides economic analysis and organizational support to threatened communities. The website is a comprehensive resource on issues surrounding factory farming.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) The OCA is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability.
Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.
The Institute for Food and Development Policy better known as Food First is a nonprofit ‘peoples’ think tank and education-for-action center. Their work highlights root causes and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to establishing food as a fundamental human right.
Northeast Dairy Compact Commission
Consumer alert quick facts on the Dairy Compact
Bernie Sanders current info on the Dairy Compact.
An alternative news source for ag issues
IATP’s Agribusiness Center
An online resource for activists, academics, and citizens housing a clearinghouse of information on the impacts of agribusiness firms on consumers, investors, farmers, workers, and the environment. Also provides links and information on organizations and campaigns around the world that are working to hold agri-food companies accountable for their actions and to promote more sustainable food systems.
Farms as Factories
Written for high-school students and their teachers, Farms as Factories explores the problems associated with modern methods of animal agriculture. Complete with recent statistics and color photographs, this 32-page, full color booklet also contains a wealth of critical-thinking questions, writing assignments, citizenship projects, and meaningful activities appropriate for student activists or animal protection clubs. Included is an extensive list of resources.
Whole Hog Website
Whole Hog is an on-line educational resource designed to help teachers and students explore the environmental, health, social, political and economic impacts of North Carolina’s hog industry.
Is Your Meat Fit To Eat?
Our newest fact sheet answers the basic questions about factory farms and their impact on the environment, human health, animal welfare, and family farms. Includes information on sustainable solutions and how to take action. Great for activists who want to educate others on the issue. Can be freely printed or quoted as long as the GRACE Factory Farm Project is credited.
The Costs of Cheap Food
American consumers spend about 10% of their household disposable income on food – a lower percentage than any country in the world. As Americans, we are told that cheap and abundant food is the backbone of a thriving economy. The fact is that cheap
food often comes at a cost that is often not reflected in the supermarket price tag. Farming communities struggle. The environment suffers. And our overall public health gets compromised when price takes precedent over quality and safety
A great monthly publication written for dairy farmers and others concerned about dairy issues. The Milkweed has been covering dairy issues for 25 years.
http://www.social-ecology.orgInstitute for Social Ecology
The Ram’s Horn
Community Food Security Coalition
P.O. Box 209 Venice, CA 90294 o Tel: 310-822-5410 Fax: 310-822-1440
National Organic Program
Organic Trade Association
The Rural Coalition
The Rural Coalition is an alliance of regionally and culturally diverse
organizations workingto build a just and sustainable food system . . .