Action Letter - Farmers, Fishers & Food Workers are Essential!
Dear [Your Elected Official’s Name],
Thank you for your hard work during this crisis. While some of the proposed measures in the existing stimulus packages will help to boost the economy and provide some aid to households and industries, they fall short with respect to protections for food producers and workers.
A broad and diverse group of hundreds of community-based fishermen and women, seafood businesses, advocates, and food system groups put together a letter with several policy recommendations as well as a video of fishing community leaders from around the country.
In addition, several leading organizations, including Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), WhyHunger, Farm Aid, the HEAL Food Alliance, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) came together to offer broader policy recommendations for a stimulus package that supports the entire food system. Both letters call for measures to:
- Protect the livelihoods of food producers and workers
- Bolster local and regional food systems that are poised to feed communities
- Create systemic changes that build resilience of food producers, workers, and eaters
Unfortunately, the recent White House Executive Order undermines many of these recommendations by boosting industrial-scale aquaculture and export seafood markets at the expense of small and mid-scale fishing businesses. Here is a recent statement by NAMA on the Executive Order.
Thanks for your consideration and please let me know if you have any questions.
Your concerned constituent,