Building a better food system through equity and accountability.
For the past 70 years, corporations have been unchecked in consolidating power at the expense of farmers and rural communities. We fight the egregious growth of corporate power by:
–Holding corporations and government accountable to curb the adverse effects of livestock concentration.
–Building alternative, inclusive livestock economies that equitably distribute profits across farmers, rural communities, and consumers.
Collaborating with a broad base of stakeholders, farmers, workers, environmental activists, animal welfare groups, and others, we will build an equitable food system that is economically, racially, and ecologically just.
How We Work
We use a three-pronged approach, fueled by the power of people, to build the alternative.
We’re growing our numbers, building a movement of farmers, workers, rural communities, and consumers to take back our food system from corporate control. If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. That’s why we’re working collaboratively with unlikely allies, for example, environmental and animal welfare groups. Because corporate power is strong, we must be united. Because united together we are stronger than corporate greed.
Pictured: Panel discussing the exploitation of industrial livestock production at the 2019 Come to the Table Conference in Charlotte, NC. Left to right: Ayo Wilson (facilitator), Carlton Sanders (former poultry farmer), Craig Watts (Field operations Team Director, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP)), Devon Hall, Sr. (Co-founder, Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH))
We follow the lead of our base. Good policy centers the community it impacts and is created with community participation and consent. With our base, we create policy recommendations that force the government to hold corporations accountable. Our base-led recommendations shift government support from extractive corporate agriculture to inclusive, alternative agricultural economies. These alternative agricultural economies increase opportunities for farmer success, increase workers’ quality of life, support independent local businesses, raise animal welfare outcomes, and are environmentally sustainable.
We’re changing the narrative about agriculture in the U.S. and exposing the harm corporate power causes to our food system. We’re elevating an inclusive narrative that inspires meaningful engagement from all through sharing stories from the farm and field.
Stories carry information that wouldn’t otherwise be known. Stories create and showcase our culture. Stories emotionally connect us to others, they spark empathy and love. Stories inspire us to act. We’re connecting stories to tell a complete narrative: from farmers, to agricultural workers, to consumers — we are one community with the power to change our future.
Pictured: Remembrance event for agricultural workers lost to COVID-19.
November 5, 2020 event featuring members of the Western North Carolina Workers’ Center and the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry.