By United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for the Perspectives Essay Series The headlines today can often seem bleak: worries of terrorism, global health, climate change, drought and hunger dominate the news cycle. These are extraordinarily complex and challenging issues that will impact and forever transform the lives of future generations. Solving them is not simply [...]
By Willie Nelson, Founder and President of Farm Aid for the Perspectives Essay Series Last month at Farm Aid 2014, I was lucky to meet Phillip Barker, a Black farmer who, like many minority farmers, lost much of his farmland as a result of discriminatory lending practices by banks and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [...]
By Shannon Scofield, FarmOn Foundation
This World Food Day, we ask you to join us in recognizing the contribution family farmers make to our lives every day. On October 16, 2014, take a photo or create a video that depicts your appreciation, post it to social media using the hashtag #ToastAFarmer and salute their life’s work. Because even though you might not know any family farmers, you definitely need them! #WFD2014
To spur the conversation around family farming in North America, Humanitas Global and Food Tank in collaboration with the World Food Day Network are “taking the pulse” of current and former family farmers through a brief survey.