Every Day is Earth Day for Family Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON (April 20, 2012) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in observance of Earth Day, which is Sunday:
“NFU is pleased to see a continuing trend of people becoming more environmentally aware and actively working to reduce their carbon footprint. In a nation that is often plagued by political gridlock, one issue we can all agree on is the importance of preserving our natural resources and being good stewards of our environment.
“Earth Day serves as an important reminder of the need to create policies that assist in this mission. This includes programs like the Rural Energy for America Program and Biomass Crop Assistance Program. We also need to focus on ethanol and other energy sources, which displace millions of barrels of oil with clean, renewable energy.
“We should also use this time to reflect on the contributions of America’s family farmers and ranchers to preserving our resources and our environment. They are the original environmentalists, working to preserve our soil, water, and wildlife while providing us with the safest, most affordable, most abundant food supply in the world.
“Every day is Earth Day for America’s family farmers and ranchers.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.