Mike Clifford Posted August 25, 2009 Report Share Posted August 25, 2009 Thought I pass along this newsworthy item. Your rivers and streams aren't getting any healthier as long as this continues. Dear Mike, Asa Farm Aid supporter, you know that nobody is more committed than weare to helping family farmers keep their land and their livelihood.While we encourage federal efforts to assist farmers, the fact is thatnot all government policies are created equally — and neither are allfarms. That'swhy we need you to take action today to urge the federal government tostop giving taxpayer money to destructive factory farms. Here'sthe basic problem: A current USDA program is funneling taxpayer moneyto fund new and bigger factory farm operations. This lending is leadingto the gross overproduction of hogs and poultry. So much livestock isbeing churned out that it has caused a long-term depression of producerprices, forcing family farmers out of business. This gives us feweroptions at the grocery store and gives factory farms more power. Notonly that, but these factory farms pose a real danger to ourcommunities, our natural resources, and the livelihood of hardworkingfamily farmers who dedicate their lives to raising poultry andlivestock in ways that safeguard our air, water and public health. Tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to stop using our money to prop up factory farms. Weare working with our long-time partners Iowa Citizens for CommunityImprovement, Land Stewardship Project, Missouri Rural Crisis Center andRural Advancement Foundation International-USA, to put pressure on Secretary Vilsack — and we need you with us. It'stime for Secretary Vilsack to end this destructive lending and focusUSDA resources on helping those who need it most: the family farmerswho have been supplying America with healthy, safe food forgenerations. Click here to sign our petition now — and thanks for standing up for family farmers. Sincerely, Hilde Steffey, Program Director Farm Aid Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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