*Photo above Northern Plains Resource Council members gather for area water well monitoring
Rein in corporate greed and support workers, small businesses, and farmers
Rein in unchecked corporate greed and safeguard the power of workers, small businesses, and family farmers to build a good life
Over the last forty years, the legal and policy structures that protect people from corporate abuse and limit corporate power have been systematically dismantled or ignored. That has had a devastating impact on rural America. Workers, especially in the agriculture sector, can be exploited by suppressed wages and exposure to dangerous conditions. Family farmers and ranchers in many areas have been forced by economic conditions to sell their farms, leading to the consolidation of land ownership. Main street businesses have been shuttered in small towns across America. This consolidation has allowed the proliferation of giant corporations that pollute communities with impunity. For the sake of our economy and democracy, we need to rebalance economic and political power.
Rural residents face higher consumer prices, lower producer prices, and less choice.
Giant corporations pollute rural communities, harming our health and damaging our lands, water, and air.
Multinational corporations use lax labeling requirements to manipulate and mislead consumers.
Rural workers earn less, are less likely to have benefits, and are more likely to be injured on the job.
Small farms closed or consolidated; manufacturers moved overseas; and mining, timber, and other extractive industries dried up.
Producers of most commodities are required to pay a fee called a checkoff to the national and state commodity boards.