Our Credo

Our Credo

BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY: Achieving a just and fair food system requires going beyond simple practices we consider eco-conscious and desirable. Anyone can claim the buzzword of “sustainability” but real change will require a fundamental transformation of our food system. We will partner with visionary farmers, sellers and eaters, orienting toward a day when…

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  • Farm practices support the health of our waterways, which are once again swimmable, drinkable, and fishable.
  • Every Marylander enjoys healthy, delicious, affordable local food, grown responsibly.
  • Taxpayer subsidies for farming go to more sustainable farmers focused on soil health and protecting the land and water.
  • Marylanders know where our food comes from and how it’s connected to our communities and waterways. We beat back pollution and vote with our forks and voices for a better food future in our state.
  • Businesses, small and large, that adopt visionary farm practices are celebrated for their progress.
  • Farmers and the workers they employ make a fair, decent living. Workers’ rights are honored in every part of the food and farming process.
  • The trend toward harmful monocultures is reversed. Farmers diversify their crops and Marylanders enjoy more varied, regional fare.
  • The massive overload of waste is dramatically reduced as we shift away from dense, intensive animal farming and toward scalable, profitable rotational grazing practices.
  • Maryland’s farmland is restored to vibrant health as soil quality improves and pollinators return to a more balanced farming system.

A FAIRER FOOD SYSTEM: We need to change more than just farming practices – we need to change the whole system. From science based limits on pollution to real enforcement of those limits, we must build a system that accelerates a better food future for Maryland. In our future…

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  • We envision a food system that is grounded in smaller-scale, local and sustainable family operations. Until we achieve fundamental changes in our food system, those massive scale corporate agribusinesses that pollute our Maryland land and waterways must clean up their own industry’s pollution. Taxpayers and contract farmers no longer bear the burden of cleanup for someone else’s waste.
  • Small farmers are protected from unfair contracts with large producers. They are supported when they decide to transition out of unjust and unsustainable models.
  • Maryland homeowners and residents are protected by law from noxious fumes, increased antibiotic resistance and other threats created by the siting of new, super-sized industrial farms next to residential neighborhoods.
  • Maryland invests in practices and policies to preserve and restore farmland for the use, education, and enjoyment of future generations.
  • Marylanders invest in innovative practices and regulations to drive climate-neutral agricultural practices.
  • Laws and enforcement mechanisms continue to strengthen public, animal, and worker health in all aspects of the farming system.
  • Maryland goes above and beyond the EPA in regulations, taking a proactive and precautionary stance regarding farming practices that threaten human health or the environment.
  • Safer alternatives and strategies to pesticides are developed and promoted to protect people, human health, pets, wildlife and the environment. Maryland leads the nation in promoting alternatives to toxic pesticides.
  • Plants treated with bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides are labeled and sales of neonics are restricted. Science-based regulation and enforcement protects the pollinators responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat.
  • Practices and policies that allow farm animal suffering are eradicated and replaced with healthier, high-welfare farming techniques.
  • The routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in healthy animals is dramatically reduced to protect human and animal health.
  • New standards and labeling systems are developed to limit and identify genetically engineered food.

CLEAR RULES & RESPONSIBILITY, HEALTHY WATERWAYS: As long as certain sectors are exempt from common-sense transparency standards, eradicating pollution will be impossible. We seek a future where…

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  • The agricultural industry is held to the same transparency and accountability standards as other industries that pollute.

  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and other regulatory bodies create a culture of transparency with regard to enforcement and pollution control.
  • Government invests in science-based regulation and enforcement to ensure that all businesses comply with regulations. Any manure transported off of a farm is subject to rules, monitoring and permitting to ensure responsible disposal or reuse.
  • From farm to table, Marylanders know exactly where their food comes from and how it is grown, processed and transported.

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