US Farmers Fight Back Against Corporate Agriculture
The U.S. experience offers some valuable lessons to activists and sovereign states who are working to strengthen the role of small farmers.
People from around the world are celebrating the International Day of Campesino’s Struggle on Sunday, as millions of small scale farmers across the planet face violence and forced eviction for control of the global food production.
The U.N. estimates that there are 500 million family farms around the world, representing up to 80 percent of all farms in most countries.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the number of farms has declined steadily in recent decades, which experts say is partially due to the expansion of industrial agriculture along with pro agro-business legislative policies that include enormous annual subsides and tax breaks.
“The United States is now the epicenter of industrial agriculture, and many rural communities are struggling to hold onto their land, their livelihoods, and their health,” The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) said in press relase leading up to the International Day of Campesino’s Struggle.