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Fair World Project Platform: Climate Justice for Small Farmers

Industrial agriculture is a key driver in the generation of greenhouse gases (GHG), accounting for up to 50% of total emissions. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, heavy machinery, monocultures, land change, deforestation, refrigeration, waste and transportation all contribute to a food system generate significant emissions which contribute to global climate change.

Compared to large-scale industrial farms, small-scale agroecological farms not only use fewer fossil fuel-based fertilizer inputs and emit less GHGs, including methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide (CO2), but they also have the potential to actually reverse climate change by sequestering CO2 from the air into the soil year after year. According to the Rodale Institute, small-scale farmers and pastoralists could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available, safe and inexpensive agroecological management practices that emphasize diversity, traditional knowledge, agroforestry, landscape complexity, and water and soil management techniques, including cover cropping, composting and water harvesting.

Small-scale farmers are especially critical to confronting the food and farming crisis at the root of climate change. Small-scale farmers and pastoralists are increasingly endangered and vulnerable to unfair trade agreements, collapsing financial markets, the export-oriented cash crops that global agriculture fuels, land grabs, the expansion of speculation within the food market, and the privatization of genetic resources, among other threats. Without safeguards and support, we are putting both the global food supply and combating the climate crisis at risk.

Citizen Action:

Raise your voice! Write a letter to the editor:

The Letter to the Editor Section is one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper and can reach a large audience. It allows community members to comment on the way issues are being addressed in the media and to influence the topics the local paper may choose to cover. Elected officials often monitor this section of the newspaper and take notice of constituents’ opinions.

Engage decision makers

Take Action! Tell Congress that the time is now to promote and protect small farmer and the climate!

Take Action
Reject False Solutions

Keep the pressure on! Add your name to the growing global coalition of farmers, environmentalists, scientists and consumers, and reject the Corporate Smart Greenwash.

 

Vote with your dollars. Buy unprocessed, organic, fair and local:


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Eat Wild
Pastured Meat, Dairy and Eggs

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Local and fresh:

 

 

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