No Farms No Food: Save the Land That Sustains Us Finalist in National Competition

Washington, D.C.― American Farmland Trust’s is proud to announce that No Farms No Food: Save the Land That Sustains Us was voted one of the best Ideas for Change in America, taking first place in the Food & Agriculture category and making the Top Ten ideas overall in Change.org’s national online contest.

“We couldn’t have done it without your support, and votes,” says Jon Scholl, AFT President. As authors of one of the Top Ten ideas in the contest, AFT will receive advocacy support from Change.org’s million-member strong community to help turn the tide on farmland loss in the United States. “This is particularly fitting as AFT celebrates its 30th anniversary this year,” adds Scholl.

“It’s a good time to look back and realize how much has been accomplished by the farmland protection movement in three decades. When a small group of forward-looking farmers and conservationists launched American Farmland Trust in 1980, they were alarmed by how much of the nation’s farmland was being paved over for sprawling development, and equally concerned by how little was being done about it,” said Scholl

Since that time, AFT has served as the catalyst of a national conservation movement—one that has helped protect over three million acres of farm and ranch land and established environmentally sound farming practices on millions more. Much has been accomplished all over the country by farmers working with conservationists, concerned citizens and elected officials to protect the nation’s working lands and promote environmental stewardship.

“I recently had the pleasure to meet Nick Herbert, an agricultural leader in Europe and member of the British Parliament—I am reminded how the world is becoming ever more interdependent, and how important our farmland is,” Scholl said. “A report from the FAO of the United Nations provided a wake-up call for many; stating that global food production needs to nearly double by the middle of this century to feed an expected world population of nine billion. And this must happen on less land—as we continue to develop farmland around the world at an alarming rate.”

According to AFT research, one acre of U.S. farmland is developed every two minutes.

“Our efforts to help the nation achieve food security, environmental sustainability and economic growth through agriculture are needed more now than perhaps at any time in the past,” adds Scholl. “It’s a job no single non-profit organization, company or government can tackle alone. AFT has a very important role to play along with the public to insure that we save the land that sustains us. We all must work to make farmland protection, conservation and environmental stewardship a public priority in every community, and a key-element of our national farm policy.”

“We invite people to stay tuned, and stay involved as we implement our national efforts to achieve our goals to protect the land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities,” Scholl said in closing.

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American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit organization working with farmers and ranchers to protect the land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities. As the nation's leading advocate for farm and ranch land conservation, AFT has ensured that more than a million acres stays bountiful and productive.

AFT’s national office is located in Washington, D.C. The phone number is 202-331-7300.

Contact: Jennifer Morrill

jmorrill@farmland.org or 202-378-1255

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