Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry and Food
Owner/operator farmers, foresters, and fishers are primary stewards of the land and sea. Agricultural skills, careers, businesses, infrastructure, and lifestyles are essential to our country’s survival.
Land use management and zoning are effective tools to reduce carbon emissions and energy use and to protect the quality of resources held in common for the benefit of the greater community, region, sensitive environments, and agricultural viability indefinitely into the future.
Crop diversity, conservation, and environmental efforts that preserve agricultural land and natural resources are critical to the viability of food, fuel, and forest production, both now and in the future.
The health of the community depends on access to healthy food and clean water.
Local sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, and forestry provide essential jobs that cannot be outsourced.
Animals in food and agricultural production must be treated humanely.
Trade agreements should be based on transparent processes and a global-local connection that demonstrates both the positive and negative impacts of trade on our local and regional food system, family farmers and fishers, food system workers, the environment, and these same impacts on our trading partners.
Work to eliminate hunger by ensuring food security for all Americans.
Support food, nutrition and health programs which keep seniors healthy and able to stay in their homes.
2014 Policy Priorities
Whatcom County: Seek resolution of competing water rights claims, for the mutual benefit of fish, farms, people, tribes and the environment.
Whatcom County: Expand the Purchase and Transfer of Development Rights programs and other conservation initiatives to protect farm and forest lands.
Whatcom County: Develop affordable housing for farmworkers.
Washington State Legislature: Clearly label genetically modified food so consumers are able to make informed choices.
U.S. Congress and Washington State: Reduce use of herbicides, pesticides, and other hazardous materials.
Washington State: Support Department of Labor rule to strengthen child labor protections for the first time in 40 years.
Whatcom County and Washington State: Protect all old growth forests that remain because they have the highest ecological value and cannot be replaced in our lifetime.
Whatcom County and Washington State: Support community food and school lunch programs using healthy local foods.
U.S. Congress: Phase out farm subsidies that disproportionately favor large corporate farmers and farmers not producing food.
Washington State Legislature: Expand land grant college funding of research for sustainable farming and fisheries.
Federal Government: Demand an end to the global land grab by governments and corporations buying up farmland around the globe to produce their own food, or simply to make a profit.