Climate Change and the Food System

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern According to a 2019 report released by the World Resources Institute, agricultural production contributes about 25% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year. As global temperatures continue to rise, climate change will have long-lasting impacts on our food system and natural environments—an issue that requires action now …

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Take Action: Fund the Maryland Healthy Soils Program

Take Action to fund the Maryland Healthy Soils Program (HB8)! This important bill, sponsored by Del. Krimm, would allow Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to be used for the currently-unfunded Maryland Healthy Soils Program, encouraging and supporting farmers in their journey to build soil health. Benefits of healthy soils on Maryland’s farmland: Increases farm …

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Fair Farms Legislative Priorities for 2021

With a new year comes new priorities for the Fair Farms campaign to focus on in the Maryland state legislature. With 2020 being particularly challenging, we hope that 2021 will give us the opportunity to pass legislation that can mitigate shortcomings in our food system that were brought to light last year. We hope that …

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A Look at Tenant Farming in Maryland

Written by Morgan Johnson, Staff Attorney “Buy land—they aren’t making it anymore.” These words from Mark Twain underscore a concept that tenant farmers are well aware of—land is scarce. Scarcity drives up costs, and presents an imbalance in the power to choose what, when, and how changes may be made to farmland. Roughly 64% of …

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Healthy soils

Take the Pledge for Healthy Soil!

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Clear Choices Clean Water campaign added a new pledge on healthy soils to emphasize the importance of soil health and how integral soil is to food production, water sources, and the climate and environment in general. Here at Fair Farms, we’re excited about this new pledge …

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