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.
Animals in food and agricultural production must be treated humanely.
Work to eliminate hunger by ensuring food security and adequate nutrition for all Americans.
Support nutrition and health programs that keep seniors healthy and able to stay in their homes.
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.
2016 Policy Priorities
Keep the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fully funded.
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.
Whatcom County and Washington State: Permanently sustain forests by inventory age bracket, especially old growth, under third-party certification favoring selective harvesting and groundwater erosion control while preserving wildlife habitat.
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. End all subsidies to Big Sugar and corn, wheat, soy, tobacco, and other agricultural commodities.
Washington State Legislature: Expand Land Grant College Act funding of research for sustainable farming and fisheries.
Washington State Legislature: Legalize cultivation of industrial hemp.
Washington State Legislature: Improve protection of our waters from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO).