Fiber-rich Foods are Low-GHG By aiming farm policy to prioritize plant-based (i.e. fiber-rich) foods, the USDA could contribute hundreds of tons of CO2 eq to carbon drawdown efforts every year. (Of note, fiber is only found in plant-based foods.) AFA proposes the Farm and Ranch Mobility Solutions Act (FARMS) as climate-smart ag policy, here’s why: Potential for Carbon Drawdown […]
The Power of Federal Policy on Food Equity￼￼
Recently, AFA hosted a webinar making the case for prioritizing fiber-rich foods in farm policy. Tracye McQuirter, MPH, public health nutritionist, author, and founder of 10 Million Black Vegan Women joined a panel of experts making the case to prioritize fiber-rich foods in federal policy. Here, she explains that in the 1960s, African Americans were […]
Meet Helen Atthowe of Woodleaf Farms
Woodleaf Farm is located in eastern Oregon. Established in 2016, this 211-acre farm grows 85 varieties of fruit, is home to 200 hazelnut trees, and produces vegetables year-round. Nearly a closed-loop farming system, the farm utilizes chopped hay from nearby fields to fertilize vegetable and fruit fields. Helen Atthowe explains why the FARMS Act is […]
AFA Supporters Have Been Busy!
AFA Letters to the Editor (LtEs) and Op-Eds advance AFA’s mission by creating a calling card that AFA’s Government Affairs Advocates can use to get a meeting with your representatives. LtEs socialize messaging that AFA lobbying depends on. When voters care about the issues we care about, that translates to voting power. AFA-supporter published Letters […]
Introducing the FARMS Act
AFA’s draft legislation, the “Farm and Ranch Mobility Solutions Act” (FARMS) is for American farmers wanting to transition or diversify into growing fiber-rich food crops. With FARMS, farmers will have options to participate in the fast-growing plant-based food industry. As they diversify, they’ll alleviate America’s dietary fiber crisis. Read more about the FARMS Act here.
This Dairy Farmer is Transitioning to Fiber-rich Food Crop Production
Recently, the Agriculture Fairness Alliance hosted a panel of experts who made the case for prioritizing fiber-rich foods in federal farm policy, including creating a transition pilot program by enacting the Farm and Ranch Mobility Solutions Act. Meet Paul, a 5th generation Wisconsin dairy farmer who sees the writing on the wall for the dairy […]
Where’s the Big Broccoli Lobby?
Not sure about you, but here at AFA, we’re a bit tired of seeing certain big money interests influencing our lawmakers while the average American, you and me, isn’t really benefiting — particularly when it comes to our food system. That’s why it’s so important we remind our Members of Congress that their constituents not only demand […]
Wednesday, December 16, 2021 Agriculture Fairness Alliance Announces Award Benefiting UW-Madison Fruit and Nut Compass The Agriculture Fairness Alliance (AFA), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting farmers diversifying into fiber-rich food crops, is pleased to announce grant funding for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems Fruit and Nut Compass program. Coverage in Sustainable […]
Title 1 Recommendations
The following are recommendations that can prioritize sustainable fiber-rich foods in title 1 farm programs. Lentils and chickpeas are fiber-rich foods that Americans would do well to eat more of. Yet, farm spending on these two crops pales in comparison to support for corn, soy, and wheat – three crops that tend to be stripped […]
Title 2 Recommendations
The following are recommendations that can prioritize sustainable fiber-rich foods in farm policy. In general, AFA supports Title 2 recommendations from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy so we include them here. For reference: CRS Report on Title II ‘Conservation’ of the 2018 Farm Bill. Solutions Needed from USDA […]