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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:42 AM

 

What would be progressive rural and agrarian policies?

Don't we believe that progressive means social and economic justice, equality, human dignity and environmental sustainability?

Starting from those values, what would be truly progressive agrarian and rural policies, based on heart and mind?

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Reply What would be progressive rural and agrarian policies? (Original post)
tama Jan 2013 OP
leftstreet Jan 2013 #1
One_Life_To_Give Jan 2013 #18
XemaSab Jan 2013 #2
One_Life_To_Give Jan 2013 #3
demwing Jan 2013 #4
Berlum Jan 2013 #7
tama Jan 2013 #12
cali Jan 2013 #5
lumberjack_jeff Jan 2013 #11
cali Jan 2013 #16
lumberjack_jeff Jan 2013 #19
tama Jan 2013 #21
tama Jan 2013 #13
cali Jan 2013 #17
libtodeath Jan 2013 #6
lumberjack_jeff Jan 2013 #8
OldEurope Jan 2013 #9
tama Jan 2013 #14
ananda Jan 2013 #10
tama Jan 2013 #15
Recursion Jan 2013 #20

Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:45 AM

1. Single Payer National Healthcare, a WPA style Jobs Program

Wow, that works for urban areas, too!

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:23 PM

18. When Dr's are few and far between, single payer could be scary

When your nearest Dr is many miles away. The thought of gov't control could be scary that Dr's will become even farther away.

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:49 AM

2. Additional funding for conservation easements

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:54 AM

3. Roads, rural electrification, US Mail, high speed internet etc

Subsidizing those programs which are inherently expensive to bring to widely separated individuals. While blocking agribusinesses tendency to prescriptive regulations (e.g. Raw Milk) which place excessive burdens upon individuals.

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:58 AM

4. Ending subsidies for factory farms

and investments in solar and wind, all of which would encourage healthy, rural land use.

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Response to demwing (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:02 AM

7. + 1

stop the ugly, insidious USDA-FDA-BigAg-BigFood-BigChem-Big-GMO Big-Bucks WAR on small, clean farms.

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Response to demwing (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:14 AM

12. Great

 

First reply with something to do with agrarian policies.

I agree that subsidies for industrial farming need to go ASAP.

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:00 AM

5. here:

http://www.nffc.net/Who%20We%20Are/Member%20Groups/page-members.htm

Rural Vermont: At the heart of Vermont's future, Rural Vermont is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to building a prosperous rural life. Rural Vermont supports a rural economic policy for Vermont that recognizes the importance of agriculture and natural resource based industries, support for small rural businesses, along with jobs, fair wages, and decent health care, housing and transportation for all rural citizens. We are committed to a broad-based sustainable agriculture in harmony with the needs of the family, community, and the environment for future generations. Our work includes promoting the Northeast Dairy Compact, fighting the use of rBGH, and adopting the rBGH labeling law. Today Rural Vermont is leading the fight against corporate farm proliferation. Last year, Rural Vermont led the Town-to-Town Campaign to restrict GE crops in the state. This campaign effort resulted in over 70 Vermont towns passing resolutions to restrict GE crops in the state. Now the Campaign is pushing for a state moratorium against planting GE seeds in Vermont.

http://www.ruralvermont.org/

http://www.vermontagriculture.com/buylocal/links/advocacy.html

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) has a dual mission: to develop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders while providing legal and policy resources and solutions for citizens to build and support such systems. CAFS' approach to progressing sustainable agriculture and food systems is systems-based, as our name implies. We believe that in order to truly foster sustainable agriculture and food, we need to understand the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor, and climate change.

Why sustainable agriculture and food systems? Food is a basic necessity of life. This is the time to make a difference in agriculture and food given the burgeoning interest in this area. Ensuring sufficient, healthy food to feed a growing global population is a critical humanitarian challenge. At the same time, the production of food has tremendous impact on natural resources, including water, soil health, and air, which we must address.

http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Academics/Environmental_Law_Center/Institutes_and_Initiatives/Center_for_Agriculture_and_Food_Systems.htm

http://www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/

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Response to cali (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:10 AM

11. a) not every rural resident is a farmer.

b) Vermont is the size of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Its population density is twice that of my county.

I don't think Vermont is exemplary of what the poster is talking about.

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:12 PM

16. uh, you've just demonstrated that you know little about

Vermont. And no not every rural resident is a farmer. Also how the heck would you know what's in the mind of the OP?

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Response to cali (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:47 PM

19. If I was talking to the OP, your line of questioning might have had some merit.

Vermont is not exemplary of the rural communities to whom we should be doing outreach, and the links you provided are removed from the needs of most of the individuals even living in Vermont.

Both of your links are dedicated to the needs of organic boutique farmers. The guy living in his mobile home on 5 acres, working at the gravel pit, couldn't care less about rBGH or sustainable broad-based proliferating buzzword arglebargle.

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:36 PM

21. I beg to differ

 

Local organic food and sustainable agriculture are not removed from anyones needs.

Including Monsanto technocrats and corporatocrats. Even those people love their children.

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Response to cali (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:22 AM

13. Thanks

 

Those are progressive policies.

Today Rural Vermont is leading the fight against corporate farm proliferation.


sustainable food and agriculture


I guess it's not as big issue in Vermont as in South and West, but another progressive issue of equal importance is rights of immigrant labor. What is your view on that?

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Response to tama (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:15 PM

17. I'm for protecting the rights of both legal and undocumented immigrants working

on Vermont farms. There's a bill up in the legislature granting undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a Vermont drivers license.

MONTPELIER, Vt. -

A new report recommends Vermont move forward with issuing drivers licenses to illegal migrant farm workers.

Advocates say there are hundreds of undocumented workers on Vermont's dairy farms. Without being able to drive, they are often isolated on rural farms, relying on their employers for transportation.

A legislative study committee is now recommending those workers be eligible for drivers licenses, or non-driver I-D cards, without having to prove they are in the country legally. The issue is expected to be taken up by the legislature this session.

http://www.wcax.com/story/20595192/comittee-approves

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:01 AM

6. Investments in schools and high speed internet access would be my first 2 choices

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:02 AM

8. Single payer healthcare, improved federal and state funding for rural schools.

Rural schools tend to be poor because they lack the tax base (and are strained by transportation budgets). Improved funding for rural nonprofits which provide transportation and other services.

Federal and state incentives to bring broadband to rural areas.

Taking away guns isn't high on the list of things rural voters will thank us for.

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:07 AM

9. Stop Monsanto.

Stop fracking.
Support organic farming.
Stop Walmart, promote buying local.
Get the Supreme Court to revoke that "corporations are people".

Get some laws to prosecute those who broadcast blatant lies and hateful speech as "balanced news". I know, free speech is crucial for the very core of what America is all about. But how can you consider this more valuable than the dignity of those who are hurt by those lies? Land of the free only for those who have enough money? Can any poor person prosecute a radio host because he told everyone that they are all welfare queens?

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Response to OldEurope (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:24 AM

14. +1

 

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:09 AM

10. Promote organic farming and the use of reusable seeds.

I mean seeds that are ordinary and healthy, that farmers don't have to buy every year.

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Response to ananda (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:24 AM

15. +1

 

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Response to tama (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:49 PM

20. At the risk of self thread-promotion: a packer ban

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022259573

Animal husbandry is the one enterprise where sharecropping is not only still legal, but still the norm.

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