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02Jul 20
If You Care About Hunger, Here’s 5 Reasons You Should Care About Sustainable Farms

If you care about hunger, here’s 5 reasons you should care about sustainable farms

If you are concerned about hunger and food insecurity, about making sure that everyone has enough to eat, you should also care about independent, sustainable farmers. Within our lifetime, hunger has never been a more pressing issue. Over 20 million Americans are unemployed because of COVID-19 and food banks across the U.S. have seen record demand. The COVID Impact Survey taken in April showed the highest level of food insecurity compared to data from previous years, including an unprecedented rise…

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01Jul 20
What Does Buying Local Mean To You?

What does buying local mean to you?

TK Ranch Guest Blog By Colleen Biggs from TK Ranch in Alberta, Canada   Driving home to the ranch I heard an ad from a Calgary grocery chain reassuring consumers that they only buy their beef, pork and chicken from local farms. I know what local means to me, but how might the average consumer interpret that message? If I had no connection with agriculture, I might think they were buying from stereotypical family farms and offering something different than other…

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26May 20
In Defense Of Redundancy

In Defense of Redundancy

Nothing gets us focused on farms like empty shelves at the grocery store. Having farmed through three pandemics, I can all but predict how this will play out: panic-buying and stockpiling, fleeting interest in local agriculture and temporary acceptance of the true cost of food, followed by quick return to the convenience of pre-pandemic shopping. It will be as if this recent seismic shift never happened, and we’ll have lost a rare opportunity to make sure it doesn’t happen again.…

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19May 20
On Sustainability And Affordability

On Sustainability And Affordability

Andrew Gunther Regarding the May 13th Bloomberg article “There’s Plenty of Meat in America—For Those Who Can Afford It” by Lydia Mulvany, Deena Shanker and Kim Chipman: The article opens with, “While many regular American grocers are running out of meat, specialty food producers have plentiful supplies -- for those who can afford it.”  This does not sit well with an organization that certifies and supports independent farmers. Independent producers are one of the solutions to the country’s problem of meat…

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16Apr 20
Sustainable Farming Groups Submit Joint Letter To Congress Supporting Small Business Relief For Farmers

Sustainable Farming Groups Submit Joint Letter To Congress Supporting Small Business Relief For Farmers

Twenty-one groups representing agriculture, food businesses, environmental sustainability and rural communities have submitted a joint letter to congressional leaders demanding better support for independent farmers impacted by COVID-19, specifically ensuring their eligibility for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program currently open to other small businesses and agricultural enterprises. On March 27, The CARES Act (PL 116-136) was signed into law to provide a broad range of assistance to help tide over small businesses that might otherwise…

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