Clean Farms, Healthy North Carolina
As Congress rewrites the Farm Bill, North Carolinians are urging our leaders to support local, sustainable farms—not big agribusinesses that pollute our air and water.
Agribusiness pollutes our air and water
We should grow our food in ways that don’t damage our environment, but preserve and protect it instead. Unfortunately, agriculture today is dominated by factory farms that contribute to air pollution by transporting food long distances and endanger our rivers and lakes.
Local food can protect our environment
Fresh, local food shouldn’t be hard to find—and we can do much more to expand opportunities for sustainable farmers, who don’t pollute
our air and water. North Carolina boasts more farmers’ markets and organic farms than any state in the Southeast. Yet most of the food sold in supermarkets and restaurants still comes from out-of-state factory farms. By bolstering infrastructure that allows local farmers to compete, we can bring more fresh, local, healthy food to restaurants, schools and families.
Sustainable farmers need our support
Agribusinesses like Monsanto and Cargill have tons of money and influence in Washington, D.C.—and they’ve rigged the game in their favor. Small farmers aren’t able to produce massive quantities of crops that serve institutions like schools, restaurants and grocery stores. But if they’re able to coordinate, local farms could meet the demand sustainably.
Together, we can win for local food
Right now, as Congress debates the Farm Bill, we have a critical opportunity to change the way North Carolina grows, delivers and consumes food. But we’ll need massive public support to level the playing field for small, sustainable and local farms. Our staff is knocking on doors across the state, gathering support for local food. But the real key to winning this fight is you. And, by taking timely grassroots action online, you can help win much-needed programs to help local, sustainable farmers.
- Less than 1 percent of the food consumed in North Carolina is grown locally.
- Most of the food sold in supermarkets and restaurants still comes from out-of-state factory farms.
- North Carolina has more than 150 organic farms and 200 farmers' markets, more than any other state in the Southeast.
- Agribusinesses like Monsanto and Cargill have tons of money and influence in Washington, D.C. and they've rigged the game in their favor.