Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

  • Grant:
    Beyond the Farm Bill
    Program:
    Ecological Agriculture
    Location:
    National
  • Grant:
    Farming Indicators project
    Program:
    Ecological Agriculture
    Location:
    National

The Beyond the Farm Bill Project is a long-term effort to build a new policy framework for a fair, sustainable, and healthy food system.

The Farm Bill is an insufficient framework to create a just and sustainable food and farm system, yet it takes up a disproportionate amount of policy and advocacy space. At the same time an exciting, diverse and growing grassroots movement is championing a just, local and healthy food system. IATP is working with local, state and national groups to create a collective strategy able to tackle structural barriers to an alternate system and get to the bigger challenges that the Farm Bill misses – such as wild market volatility that threatens financial stability for farmers and access for consumers, climate-induced droughts and floods, and the increasing monopoly power of corporations. 

In this project, IATP is endeavoring to: 1) harness new ideas and create a public policy agenda that supports a sustainable agriculture and food system; 2) through setting the policy agenda, build an invested, broad base of support that is ready to fight for implementation; and 3)use a variety of participatory communications tools to inform and broadcast the new policy agenda.  This effort recognizes that real change requires a new approach that values the needs of farmers and society as a whole over the demands of corporations.

The 11th Hour Project is also supporting IATP for the second year of their project to develop evidence to support local food and farming systems by closing the research gap that leaves such systems at a disadvantage as compared to conventional, industrial systems.