Biden Urged to Advance ESG Goals in Farm Bill

Sept. 13, 2022
A coalition of more than 150 groups is urging the Biden administration to use the upcoming Farm Bill as a vehicle to advance a wide range of social-justice initiatives.

A coalition of more than 150 groups is urging the Biden administration to use the upcoming Farm Bill as a vehicle to advance a wide range of social-justice initiatives.

The group sent an open letter, dated Sept. 13, to Biden regarding the upcoming Farm Bill, which comes up for renewal every five years. It asks the administration to use the Farm Bill for initiatives relating to nutrition, farming, rural development, labor, equity and climate.

“The next Farm Bill should reflect your values and build on your administration’s actions to date to reduce economic inequality, bridge the nation’s racial divides, end hunger, confront the climate crisis, improve nutrition and food safety, and protect and support farmers, workers, and communities,” it read.

Specific initiatives in the letter include justice for indigenous and other minority farmers, increasing assess to nutritious food, encouraging environmentally beneficial agricultural practices, rooting out anti-competitive practices, and improving food safety.

Among the signers are the AFL-CIO, Farm Aid, Food & Water Watch, Oxfam America and the Sierra Club.

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