Posted by Dave on December 3, 2011
Farmers March on Wall Street - Join us!
Today, Sunday December 4, 2011, farmers, activists and ranchers will travel from as far as Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Wisconsin and Upstate New York to participate in the Occupy Wall Street Farmers’ March to call attention to the gross inequities and inherent degradation caused by industrial agriculture and begin efforts to transform food and agricultural production into ways that are economically sustainable for farmers and farm workers, protect biodiversity and the environment and enrich our citizen’s health and communities.
THE FARMERS MARCH
A gathering of farmers, community gardeners, food workers and activists for dialogue, solidarity and solutions to corporate control of our food system.
2:00 PM Public gathering and panel discussion at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden (632 - 650) E. 9th Street, (between Avenues B & C)
- Karen Washington - Founder of City Farms Market and board member at NYC based organization Just Food.
- Jim Gerritsen - a Maine organic farmer and lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Monsanto, was named one of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World by the Utne Reader in 2011.
- Severine von Tscharner Fleming - Food advocate and producer of the film “Green Horns”, profiling young farmer entrepreneurs.
- Jalal Sabur - Founding member of the Freedom Food Alliance, an alliance of black urban communities with black rural farmers.
- Mike Callicrate - Colorado rancher, entrepreneur and rural political activist, was a lead plaintiff in the 1990s against the world's largest beef packer, IBP, now owned by Tyson Foods.
- Andrew Faust - World renowned permaculture expert and educator.
- Jim Goodman - Runs a 45-cow organic dairy and direct market beef farm with his wife and brother in southwest Wisconsin.
4:00 PM Farmers March to Wall Street! Zuccotti Park (aka Liberty Plaza) b/w Broadway, Trinity Place, Liberty Street and Cedar Street
Google map: http://bit.ly/sTVtN1
5:00 PM Circle of Solidarity and Seed Swap at Zuccotti Park
Google map: http://bit.ly/sTVtN1
Open to the public – We hope that you will come join us in this historic effort to unite rural farmers and urban community gardeners and food justice activists.
Today farmers need you more than ever, please join them for the Occupy Wall Street Farmers March tomorrow afternoon!
Today food and agriculture production is controlled by a handful of agribusiness monopolies that increasingly corrupt the public policies safeguarding our food and the environment. In the past month agribusiness lobbyists have helped stop reforms to food and ag policies in the U.S. that are harmful to America’s health and the survival of family farmers.
Did you know?
- Since 1980 more than 600,000 independent hog farmers and 500,000 cattle producers have been forced out of business.
- Today with unfair giant food monopolies, only 4 companies control 84% of beef packing and 66% of pork production.
- One company, Monsanto, controls the patents on genetically engineered seeds for corn, cotton, soybeans and sugar beets that are planted on more than 90% of the acres farmed in the U.S.
We are committed to this fight now, more than ever - please join us. Together, our voices will create the future we deserve.
Thanks for being a part of the solution and participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! Team
P.S. If you can't make it to an Occupy Wall Street Farmers March tomorrow, please take a few moments to follow and promote events near you on Facebook and Twitter. It's time to get the word out and every bit helps!