SiX is proud to announce the launch of a new program that focuses on supporting policies that promote healthy and thriving rural communities through ecologically and socially-responsible agriculture and local, direct-market food systems.

Agriculture

Rural communities across our nation have been struggling for decades and the people who live there often feel overlooked and not considered in the policies made in state capitols and Washington, DC.  While there are many wide-ranging issues that rural Americans face, one of the central challenges facing rural communities is the demise of family farm economies and rise of corporate agriculture that has turned once-thriving rural main streets into ghost towns.  

Many rural communities are now dominated by multinational corporations practicing a form of extractive agriculture – removing local wealth and natural resources from local areas and sending the profits to far-away corporate shareholders on Wall Street.  

This trend has left rural communities increasingly polluted – in some cases to the point of being unlivable. Jobs have been lost, children have left generational farms, and addiction has risen to epidemic levels. Now is the time for elected officials to put forward meaningful legislation that not only helps family farmers and their customers, but also helps those living and working in rural communities.  

Everyone who eats has a stake in agricultural policy. There is a lot that we can do as a community to ensure a resilient family-farm economy that creates high-valued jobs and enriches the local environment while providing healthy, local food to residents across our nation.”

— Kendra Kimbirauskas, SiX Sustainable Agriculture Consultant

At SiX we promote democracy, transparency and justice and we believe these principles apply equally to our nation’s food system. We believe that healthy soil and a clean environment lead to vibrant communities and prosperous economies. We believe that the production of healthy local food doesn’t have to come at the expense of our water and air—or healthy conditions for workers or neighbors. We believe in a system where farmers have the right to produce their product and set a fair price when selling to customers. We believe that everyone has the right to grow and consume their own food, regardless of where they live, and we believe that consumers have the right to know how the food that they purchase was produced. We also believe in a democracy that allows local governments to promote and regulate agriculture with the consent of local communities. 

For more information or to get involved, please contact Kendra Kimbirauskas at kendra@stateinnovation.org  

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