“We don’t need another failed ‘green revolution’ that impoverishes our communities while making Corporate Agribusiness rich.”

CALL TO ACTION

Rally & Press Conference
Monday, January 10, 2011
11:00AM State House Augusta

2011 Maine Agricultural Trades Show
January 11-13, 2011

RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE

Monday, January 10 11AM, State House, Augusta

Here in Maine we have an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild our rural economies and strengthen our communities through food and farming. But it will take courageous leaders willing to challenge the powerful corporate interests that have taken control of the food supply, to their profit and at our expense. Will the incoming Administration and Legislature be those leaders? Are they ready and willing to take the immediate and proactive measures needed to protect Maine’s remaining family farms from unfair trade and competition?

On Monday, January 10, an open letter to Governor Paul LePage and the 125th Legislature will be released calling for specific actions to be taken in support of Maine’s remaining family farms and to stem the further decline of Maine’s rural communities. Individuals, farms, groups, organizations, and businesses are being asked to sign on in support of 3 key steps that can be taken immediately.

Add your voice to call! Then...

Help deliver the letter and the new Winter 2011 issue of Saving Seeds to each member of the 125th Maine Legislature!

The Winter 2011 issue of Saving Seeds includes an interview with Travis Roy of Southern Aroostook County. Three years ago his family’s potato farm went under. Travis talks candidly about how it happened and what the loss has meant to his family. Revealing look into the world of contract potato farming and how the concentration of agriculture is squeezing Maine’s farmers.

MAINE AGRICULTURAL TRADES SHOW
January 11-13, Augusta Civic Center

Why is it easier for multinational corporations to sell food in our communities than it is for our local farms and farm-based businesses?

Next week the Maine Department of Agriculture is hosting its 70th Maine Agricultural Trades Show. The anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the contributions of Maine’s farmers, farmworkers, and the countless people working to make agriculture a viable way to earn a living in Maine. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the changes in agriculture over the last 70 years and assess the impacts of those changes.

Over the last seven decades Maine’s rural economies have come to resemble that of so many poor countries throughout the world that have had their economies taken over by multinational corporations, Structural Adjustment Programs, and free trade agreements like NAFTA. Today Maine as a state is largely an exporter of raw materials, commodities, and some luxury goods, and an importer of our basic essentials, including nearly all our food.

Two themes that have pervaded agricultural policy over the last 70 years are largely responsible for the decline – failed rural development policies based on the principle of “get big or get out”; and the consolidation of the entire food supply chain into the hands of a very small number of powerful multinational corporations. Both have led to low prices and fewer markets for farmers, increased debt, and are responsible for the disappearance of millions of farms and farm families from the rural landscape.

At this year’s Maine Agricultural Trades Show Food for Maine’s Future will be asking tough questions of those calling for more free trade, more corporate farming, more GMOs, and other false solutions for ending hunger and poverty and improving the livelihood of farm families.

View the Maine Agricultural Trades Show schedule at the link below, then join us in Augusta. For more information contact Bob St.Peter at bobstpeter@gmail.com or 244-0908.

http://getrealmaine.com/_ccLib/image/calendarEvents/PDF-37.pdf

Download and distribute Food for Maine’s Future’s GMO Myths Fact Sheet

 

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