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Racial Justice in the Farm Economy Needs Community Capital

Racial Justice in the Farm Economy Needs Community Capital

By Neil Thapar, Food and Farmland Attorney // Photo Credit: Piro Patton How can we secure food justice in the United States when 98% of all farmland is owned by White people? When Black farmers own less than 3 million acres of rural land today, compared to over 15 million... Continue Reading

Can We Harness Americans’ Retirement Savings to Create Local Sustainable Economies?

Can We Harness Americans’ Retirement Savings to Create Local Sustainable Economies?

What would it take for you to pull your retirement savings out of Wall Street and invest it in things that enrich your local community? Could you invest your IRA or 401(k) in, say, a local farm, solar cooperative, worker cooperative, or housing cooperative? These questions are so worthy of... Continue Reading

The Future of Farmland (Part 2): Grabbing the Land Back

The Future of Farmland (Part 2): Grabbing the Land Back

By Neil Thapar, Food and Farmland Attorney // The first part of this blog introduced the most recent iteration of domestic land grabs, by way of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). These investment schemes threaten an equitable and sustainable future for farmland ownership and stewardship by prioritizing profits, commodifying land... Continue Reading

The Future of Farmland (Part 1): The New Land Grab

The Future of Farmland (Part 1): The New Land Grab

By Neil Thapar, Food and Farmland Attorney // If you don’t follow investment trends, you may not know that one of the hottest investment opportunities in recent years is land, specifically farmland. Many investors, weary of investing in the stock market in a post-Great Recession era, are seeking alternative, stable investment opportunities.... Continue Reading

Homemade Food Bill (AB 626) Stalls in Assembly

Homemade Food Bill (AB 626) Stalls in Assembly

By Christina Oatfield, Policy Director We recently learned that AB 626, the currently pending California homemade food bill, has stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, meaning that no more votes will happen this year. The committee will resume consideration of the bill in January. Continue Reading

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