Organic Agriculture and Access to Food (PDF). May 2007. This paper was presented by RAFI staff at the May 2007 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security.
The full Senate is taking up the Farm Bill debate today, and, right now, there is no language in the bill that protects funding for classical breeding and research that results in publicly owned varieties. If the Senate Farm Bill goes through in its current form, American farmers and researchers looking for publicly owned crop varieties will find themselves with almost no options.
On September 15, the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Organic Food Production Act. RAFI’s Michael Sligh testified at this week’s hearing about the past and the future of organic agriculture in the United States.