While U.S. consumer demand for organic grows exponentially, domestic production to meet that demand has not kept up, requiring greater imports of organic production to fill the gap. The organic program funding in the new Farm Bill will help U.S. farmers and handler better meet that demand.
In NPR’s story, RAFI Lead Farm Advocate Benny Bunting says, “The thing about my job is, most times, I meet people at the lowest time in their life, when they're in financial problems. That's what this represents.”
"Farmers who speak up risk everything they own. Industry retaliation is well documented,” says RAFI Executive Director Scott Marlow. “The price of cheap chicken is the exploitation of people, land and animals."
We can cheer the fact that the Farm Bill negotiators rejected the intense pressure from poultry companies and meatpackers to roll back key protections that require them to use fair business practices in their dealings with farmers.
After many years of hard work and patience, we can claim a victory for diversified farms in the 2014 Farm Bill. RAFI looks forward to working with producers and the USDA to further ensure a fair risk management system for sustainable agriculture.
“RAFI is 100% in line with Farm Hack’s mission to get the best farming practices and knowledge into the public domain, and to create a food system that produces the kind of food we collectively want to eat, that we can trust, and that supports a resilient agricultural system,” said Farm Hack Co-Founder Dorn Cox.