Finding More Partners in Sustainable Agriculture
Part of the mission of Planet Matters & More is to become a repository for all things sustainable agriculture — websites, legislative action, farmers and ranchers — we want you to be able to find as much information as is humanly possible when you land on this site. It should be a goldmine. And we’ve added another little nugget today. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition takes over the blog in this post!
According to the website, “The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.” Pretty solid. If there’s one thing that often seems to be missing from politics, it’s a unified mission. When it comes to grassroots efforts, there tends to be few things stronger in the political world — this is where the message comes directly from the people, so there’s gravity to it.
The Vision of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Every political organization must have a vision — it’s the thing to which its members attach their loyalty, and the message to which those members return when working through the difficulties of organizing people under one banner. The NSAC vision regarding sustainable agriculture demands that “a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities.” In a word, ideal.
The organization supports both small and mid-size farms, in addition to working on protecting our natural resources. They promote the health of rural American communities, and advocate access to nutritious food for all.
“To do this work, NSAC:
- gathers input from sustainable and organic farmers and ranchers, and from a diverse group of grassroots farm, food, rural, and conservation organizations that work directly with farmers;
- develops policy through participatory issue committees that involve NSAC member organizations and allies;
- provides direct representation in Washington, D.C. on behalf of its membership to members of Congress and federal administrative offices, such as USDA and EPA; and
- builds the power of the sustainable agriculture movement by strengthening the capacity of its member groups to promote citizen engagement in the policy process.”
Learn even more about the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition when you visit their website now.