It matters to the small farmers and organic growers on the frontlines of our local food movement. It matters to everyone who wants access to safe, local, and sustainably-raised food. There are many state and federal policies, programs, and actions that shape our environment, communities, and family health.
Too often, the livelihood of sustainable and organic family farmers—and those of us who count on them—are under threat from policies that support farm concentration and a sytem of industrial agriculture.
OEFFA works to counter the special interest influence over our decision-makers, give voice to the needs of small- and mid-sized producers, and work toward policies that are truly in the interest of the family farmers who enhance our rural communities and safeguard the environment.
Organic AgricultureSoil is the foundation for life on earth. The management of a diverse community of living microorganisms is a basic tenet of organic agriculture, as are directive to promote biodiversity and protect water quality. OEFFA works with the National Organic Coalition to maintain and improve the integrity of organic agriculture. We have resources to help OEFFA members provide written comments to the National Organic Standards Board, which advises the National Organic Program. The organic industry has grown to more than $40 billion per year, providing an opportunity for new and existing farmers to prosper at a sustainable scale, but only as long as organic agriculture represents the best in sustainable agriculture.
In the Statehouse
There are real actions we can take at the state level to grow local food systems, increase access to land for beginning farmers, to support organic agriculture, and protect the land base we depend on. OEFFA is working to educate policy-makers about the real economic, environmental, and social benefits to investing in policies and programs that support these efforts.
Unconventional oil and gas extraction, commonly known as "fracking," is impacting the environment, farmers, and communities. This is one of many forms of "dirty energy" that struggle to remain viable as the markets move toward renewable energy. Dirty energy causes waves of impact as it spreads through pipeline infrastructure, injection wells, acid mine-tainted streams, waste pits, and more. Dirty energy contributes to climate destabilization affecting farmers who have increasingly struggled with severe and unpredictable weather. OEFFA works to mitigate the damages caused by the dirty energy industry and to incentivize a food and agricultural system that can feed the world, sequester carbon, promote diversity and resilience, and support true sustainability through ecological farming practices.