Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ADVOCACY: Level the playing field for family farmers – Save a Farmer Today!

Some of you may have received a “Save a Farmer Today” flyer at last week’s pick up. Here are more details on this important campaign:

If you have two minutes of free time, you can make a difference for local farmers across the country. Food Democracy Now’s “Save a Farmer Today” campaign is mobilizing support for the new GIPSA rule that will level the playing field for family farmers. By calling president Obama and voicing our support for the proposed rule, our combined Chubby Bunny forces can make a real difference. The number and call script are available below, and through the following link: http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/call/save_farmers_today/. If you would like to share the information or spread the word to family, friends or other contacts, an email template is available here:http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2011/jun/19/save-farmer-today-tell-obama-create-fair-contrats-/

For those interested in learning more, Food Democracy Now’s Founder and Director, Dave Murphy, sheds light on the motivation behind the movement in this exclusive interview with Eco Centric Blog: http://www.ecocentricblog.org/2011/06/16/our-hero-dave-murphy-of-food-democracy-now/


President Barack Obama

(202) 456-1111

Introduce yourself and explain the issue:

Hi, my name is _______ from _________ (city and/or state) calling in support of the proposed GIPSA rule to level the playing field for family farmers. America's farmers need President Obama to live up to his campaign promise to protect farmers from unfair contracts and make our markets for farmers more competitive. This rule must protect our farmers and ranchers from retaliation and unfair practices of big packers. I strongly encourage USDA to finish and implement the GIPSA proposed rule as quickly as possible.

It's time that America's farmers were able to grow food under fair markets, please tell President Obama that I support the new GIPSA rules and care about America's family farmers.

Thank you.

Remember to be polite and thank the operator for their time.

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