In a commentary in FoodTank, Tiffany Finck-Haynes, the Pesticides & Pollinators Program Manager at Friends of the Earth, rates three leading Democratic candidates, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on their policies related to food. Friends of the Earth Action is focusing on two key agriculture issues in the Presidential campaigns: where candidates stand on corporate consolidation and what their plans are to transition to a just, ecologically regenerative agriculture system which is both climate-friendly and resilient. Fink-Haynes summarizes the positions of the three candidates on these two issues.
For readers who want more information on consolidation and regenerative agriculture, the Center for American Progress recently released a report on consolidation across the food and agricultural sectors and recommended federal policies to counteract concentration. Regeneration International is a global non-profit that seeks to reverse global warming and end world hunger by facilitating and accelerating the global transition to regenerative agriculture and land management. They define regenerative agriculture as “farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.”