Increasing plant-based options for consumers and providing farmers with more options and flexibility is critical. Policies focused on plant-based agriculture practices and increasing the supply of high-fiber, healthy foods would:
Because of competition with large farms, small farmers need options to stay afloat that get them away from government reliance.
The best formats to use and restore their land sometimes require transitioning their farms to less competitive, non-monopolistic plant-based food crops.
This allows farmers to restore the soil on their land, reuse storage sheds, create a sustainable model, use less energy, use less water, adapt to lucrative plant-based consumers, create a local farm hub to provide to schools & other community institutions, and increase health food accessibility.
We are asking members of Congress to support policies that ensure our farmers have access to new methods that both protect them and build up our communities.
America is in the midst of a dietary fiber crisis, and farm policy can solve it.
Take, for example, Dan and Paul – independent dairy farmers joining AFA in calling for Congress to introduce the FARMS Act and establish a diversification program.
https://sites.tufts.edu/nutrition/winter-2019/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-fiber/ https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/chronic-diseases.htm https://css.umich.edu/sites/default/files/publication/CSS20-01.pdf