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Platform Points
Creating a true health care system (as opposed to a disease care system) by adding cost-effective, prevention-oriented health care programs that promote good health.

Education that develops the student's full potential through curriculum innovations proven to increase intelligence, creativity, and academic performance

Preventing crime --not warehousing criminals--that focus on the root cause of crime, the high levels of individual and societal stress.

Safeguarding America's food supply through sustainable, organic agricultural practices proven to produce healthy, high-quality food without hazardous chemical fertilizers and pesticides

Mandatory labeling and safety testing of genetically engineered foods, and a moratorium on the release of these experimental life-forms into the environment until proven safe

Protecting the environment through energy efficiency and the use of renewable, safe, nonpolluting energy sources such as wind and solar

Ending special interest control of our politics through (1) elimination of PACs and soft money, (2) public sponsorship of election campaigns, and (3) prevention of lobbying by former public servants on behalf of domestic and foreign interests

Promoting more prosperous and harmonious international relations by shifting our foreign policy away from the export of weapons towards the export of U.S. know-how and technical assistance in key areas, such as business, entrepreneurship, education, sustainable agriculture, and environmental technologies
Agriculture
AGRICULTURE
THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE

The Idea:
Envision a time when American farmers will farm in full accord with the laws of nature, fully utilizing nature's creativity to yield abundant, healthy food, while protecting the environment and ensuring a vigorous, diversified, sustainable agricultural economy. The future of agriculture depends on its sustainability -- that is, the ability of agricultural policies and practices to preserve and strengthen the farming economy, ecology, and community for future generations.

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The Problem:
U.S. agriculture polices are not working. Many believe that there needs to be crucial, fundamental changes in agriculture policy, especially regarding small family farms and the environment.
  1. Financially unsustainable
    • Farm subsidies continue to unduly favor the nation's largest farms.
    • From 1988 to 1993, even the most economically profitable farms averaged only a 3-5% return on stockholder equity; food manufacturers, on the other hand, averaged 16.5%.
  2. Environmentally unsustainable
    • Conventional agriculture erodes and degrades soil; it requires large-scale use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that pollute groundwater and are unhealthy for consumers and farmers.
  3. Socially unsustainable
    • Conventional agriculture has led to decaying communities in rural America that continue to lose population, business, and even their reason to exist, reducing farmers to corporate laborers.
A Solution:
Support legislation that will ensure social, economic, and environmental sustainability of agriculture and has identified solutions to the problems faced by U.S. agriculture:
  1. The U.S. should change its policy focus from "cheap (and unsafe) food for the consumer" to "quality food for the consumer on a sustainable basis."
  2. Farm policies should be redirected to expand opportunities for new and existing farmers to prosper using sustainable systems that will enhance the health of the farmers and the population as a whole.
  3. Field-tested techniques supported by scientific research, such as integrated pest management, integrated crop management, and organic farming, exist for farming profitably on a low-input, sustainable basis
  4. Farm communities should seek new ways to keep "value-added" processes and profits as close as possible to the farm.
  5. Family-sized farms should be protected and strengthened through more programs that support value-added incentives, assistance for minority and beginning farmers, and other initiatives to empower farmers and rural communities to work towards revitalizing rural life.

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