Thank United States Department of Agriculture for Helping Small Farms

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Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Goal: Thank Secretary Vilsack for offering loans to new, small farms

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently announced the creation of a new microloan program to help beginning farmers establish their businesses and compete with large corporations. The USDA will offer each farmer up to $35,000 to aid in the purchase of land, equipment, and seed. With any luck, this program will help fuel the local and regional food movement that is so important for human health and the environment.

Right now, the future of food is uncertain. Large corporations are churning out overly processed packaged goods that are jammed with genetically modified ingredients and dangerous chemicals. These products are highly addictive, aiding in the obesity epidemic and causing serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Plus, corporations ship these products all over the world, creating massive amounts of pollution and furthering the advancement of climate change.

Since the dawn of this kind of industrialized food production, small, local farms have been trying to survive. Farmers who run these humble establishments often grow organic, heirloom produce that is filled with important nutrients. The farmers then sell their produce at nearby markets, allowing people to purchase and eat real, good food.

While this system is clearly much better for human health and the environment, small farms are suffering. Large corporations can sell their cheap products at very low prices, driving down consumer interest in more expensive local produce. This lack of  interest has forced many small farms to close and deterred young people from the farming profession.

Thankfully, there is hope for small farms. The USDA’s microloan program was created mainly to entice young people into starting their own farms. With the government’s help, these new farmers can establish themselves and encourage their communities to move away from processed junk. The local food movement will gain traction and a complete food takeover by large corporations will be avoided.

Thank Secretary Vilsack and the USDA for creating this loan program and helping new farmers start their businesses.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

Thank you very much for creating the microloan program to help new farmers start their businesses. This program will help these new entrepreneurs grow high-quality, organic produce, aiding in the fight against industrialized food.

For decades, large corporations have been slowly gaining a monopoly over food production in the United States. These companies buy huge plots of land and plant miles of genetically modified crops. Once harvested, these crops are shipped all over the world to be used in the creation of overly-processed goods. This system leads to pollution, obesity, and an overall decline in food quality.

Small farmers cannot compete with these corporations, and many young people have abandoned the idea of running their own local farms. However, there is hope. With your microloan program, new farmers will have the chance to start their businesses and compete with these corporations. Farmers will grow healthy, organic produce that will be sold in markets and fuel the local food movement. With any luck, these farmers will help convince their communities to only buy local and organic, helping to reduce the power of the large food corporations.

Again, thank you for creating this program.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sean Patrick Cook via Flickr

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