Farmers Waiting for Justice

May 19, 2010

I didn’t intend for today to be a political blogging sort of day, but political/social issues keep popping up in my world and I feel the need to share. As a lawyer I am compelled to discuss the injustice that farmer’s face. Whether it’s discrimination against farm loans or being kept in a cycle of poverty by big food corporations, it’s information that we need to make smart purchase decisions when it comes to food. As Americans, we tend to use the weight of our purse strings to affect social change so the more you know, the better.

Today I came across this article posted on CNN regarding black famers that were denied government farm loans due to race. Blatant discrimination. A case was brought against the USDA in 1997 and reopened in 2008. Though a settlement was reached, awarding black farmers compensation, they still haven’t been paid and it’s taking a toll on their livelihoods. As I am sure many of you know, farmers are only as good as the loans they are able to procure. The struggle for this group of tens of thousands of farmers across the nation could have disasterous, long term consequences.

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Justine May 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm

How terrible? I am in the middle of Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilema” and he has been talking to farmers who are pretty much making no money, but stuck being farmers. It is such a terrible cycle.

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