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Chemicals, Food, Agriculture and Climate Team

Our collaborative team focuses on the connection between the petroleum-derived chemicals used in our food system and their harmful impacts on both community health and climate throughout their lifecycle, from extraction, to production, to use in farms, to disposal. Our members include organizations and experts in food and agriculture systems, climate resilience, public health, and farmworker advocates.

Pesticides and other agrochemicals are some of the most pervasive chemicals in our environment. They are in the air, water, and soil, and they enter our bodies through the food we eat. All along their production cycle – from the fossilized carbon feedstocks extracted and carried through dirty pipelines, to the manufacturing facilities in neighborhoods where people live, work, pray, and play – they are responsible for toxic pollution that makes communities sick and that disrupts the climate of our planet. From the farmworkers, who are occupationally exposed, to the community members at the fenceline of the pesticide production facility, Environmental Justice communities are most impacted. The CFAC team acknowledges that we can’t address climate change or create environmental justice without looking at the outsized scope of hazardous pollution and greenhouse gasses caused by the agrochemical industry.

Our members know there are better ways to farm. We can meet the real need to feed the people of this planet without destroying it in the process. That will require a transition from chemical-dependent agriculture to a system that values human health, soil-restorative and regenerative practices, community food sovereignty, and strengthening regional food economies. To that end, we are demanding changes to our agricultural system that:

  • Protect workers from pesticide exposure and exploitation; 
  • Address the historical inequities faced by Indigenous peoples, Black farmers, and farmworker communities of varying origins; 
  • Prioritize community food sovereignty; 
  • Redirect funding that incentivizes the crops, farms, and farming methods that drive demand for chemicals, and instead provide incentives that reward farmers employing safer, more sustainable, regenerative, climate-resilient practices; 
  • Eliminate support for industrial-scale livestock operations, and support reforms that will reduce corporate consolidation in this sector and instead support independent farmers and ranchers.

Get involved

To inquire more about the CFAC team, email co-coordinators Margaret Reeves and Gabrielle Gonzales

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