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Transformative agriculture policy

This week, I announced my agriculture policy platform – which I believe is truly transformative. You can find it in full here.

My key priorities are:

  • Stop the reckless use of scattershot tariffs that hurt American farmers.
  • Strengthen antitrust laws and enforce them in the agricultural industry.
  • End subsidies for industrial farming corporations, and dramatically increase subsidies for farmers practicing or transitioning to sustainable methods.
  • Protect US farmers by instituting a “Buy American” policy for all federal procurement programs.
  • Reinstate mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork.
  • Prevent foreign countries and corporations from buying up US farmland.
  • Stand up for the “Right to Repair” farm equipment and other high technology.
  • Improve and expand programs that help farmers of color and prospective farmers from historically underrepresented communities to access farmland and credit.
  • Create a National Land Bank as part of a 21st Century Sustainable Homestead Act, to put unutilized farmland into production and expand access to organic food.
  • Strengthen protections for migrant farmworkers, and expand vital guest worker programs in agricultural industries.
  • Increase nutrition assistance for needy families.
  • Institute mandatory on-package labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) in clear, visible language, because consumers have a right to know what they are eating.
  • Launch a thorough scientific survey of the safety and efficacy of GMOs and common chemicals used in agriculture, with particular attention paid to known hazardous compounds like glyphosate, dicamba, atrazine, chlorpyrifos, malathion & neonicotinoids.
  • Restore accountability and oversight to the USDA and FDA by removing corporate lobbyists from positions of power, and begin basing agricultural policy on sound science.
  • Fund research into climate stabilizing agriculture, and incentivize farmers to use regenerative, carbon-sequestering methods.
  • Expand funding for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and the National Plant Germplasm System, which are critical to our future food security.