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Business Leaders Call for New Secretary of Agriculture to Champion Sustainable Agriculture

For Immediate Release: 
April 25, 2017
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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, called on new Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) Sonny Perdue to be a champion for sustainable agriculture.

The following statement may be attributed to Richard Eidlin, Vice President of ASBC:

“We must keep building toward an agricultural system that’s sustainable. U.S. agriculture is at an important juncture, as rural communities find themselves under economic stress and commodity farmers continue to be challenged by imports. USDA can make a big difference with programs that provide incentives for responsible farming practices, offer capital to young farmers and shift subsidies away from conventional and industrial-scale farming.

“We hope Secretary Perdue will fight for sustainable farming practices including supporting the passage of the Young Farmer Success Act. ASBC views agriculture as an integral part of building a sustainable economy and looks forward to working with Secretary Perdue on revitalizing rural communities and building out a more robust agricultural industry.”

Sustainable agriculture takes into account all the inputs and related costs of food production and seeks to maintain and improve the quality of the soil. Such practices as water conservation, incorporating organic matter into the soil, avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and no-till farming are elements of sustainable agriculture.

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.