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Make Your Voice Heard!

Elected officials receive shockingly little feedback from their constituents, so a small group of citizens actually DO have the ability to create change! With over 23,000 owners, we want you to get comfortable with contacting your elected officials and make your voice heard about issues important to sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Here’s the goods

Every month or so we choose a new topic. We give you the info and the ask, you give just 1 minute of your time to hop on the horn and take an active role in our democracy. Pretty sweet deal, eh?

Step 1: Find your state and national elected officials:

Step 2: Contact their office and let them know this issue is important to you.

Strategy

The most effective strategy is phone calling. If you can't call on the phone, email is the next best bet followed by a letter and lastly social media.

  1. Be respectful! A thoughtful and polite statement delivered calmly is best received.
  2. Be brief. Keep it short and to the point.
  3. Give them your address: Comments coming from their constituents as opposed to those outside their district get much higher priority.

 

Current Topic: Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that rebuild soil health that fights climate change by sequestering carbon and improving our water supply. Instead of spraying chemicals on fields then breaking up the soil with plows causing runoff into our waterways, regenerative agriculture focuses on improving the soil through practices like no-till farming, planting cover crops, utilizing compost instead of chemical fertilizers, and rotational grazing that leads to healthy and humane treatment of livestock. This improved soil pulls carbon from the atmosphere and locks it in the ground as a way for farmers to confront climate change and the unpredictable weather patterns they deal with every season.

We are calling on elected officials from all levels to support the long-term vitality of our farming families and rural communities by including regenerative farming practices in the next round of stimulus funding. These techniques are good for the planet, the water we drink, our local farmers and the animals they raise.

Sample phone script:

Hello, my name is [Name] from [City, State].

I am a constituent calling to encourage you to support the long-term health of our local farms and include funding for regenerative agriculture in the next round of stimulus funding.

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming that fights climate change, improves water quality and treats animals more humanely by focusing on soil health. The ability of our society to feed itself depends on six inches of topsoil on our planet, and traditional farming techniques that focus on chemical inputs deplete the soil, with these chemicals then running off into the water that we and our children drink.

With the COVID-19 pandemic our local farmers are struggling, and those that are working hard to support their families and bring us healthy food and a healthy planet through regenerative agriculture are especially in peril. Please include support for these farmers in your next round of stimulus funding so our society can continue being at the forefront of innovation in agriculture.

Thank you for your time.

 

September 2020 Topic: Stimulus Funding to include Climate Change

Contact your representatives about Climate Change in Stimulus Funding!

Outpost believes that climate change will drastically impact our food systems and other ways we do business. COVID-19 has created havoc in our communities and changed the shape of business. Right now states and the federal government are passing legislation and creating programs to support our economy and create jobs as the coronavirus continues to take its toll. We believe a share of those programs need to go to support the development of clean energy in order to continue to mitigate the effects of climate change. Now is a great time to invest in renewable energy so we not just maintain the current infrastructure but invest in the energy of the future. Help us get this message out!

Sample phone script:

Hello, my name is [Name] from [City, State].

I am a constituent calling to let you know that climate change and renewable energy are important to the future of our nation.

As all levels of government pass legislation that supports the economy during these tough times I encourage you to support renewable energy, so when we spend our tax dollars we are investing in the energy of the future.

Our farms and food systems are suffering from more unpredictable weather due to climate change. Renewable sources of energy can help to mitigate the effects of climate change. I encourage you to support tax incentives for solar, wind, and electric vehicles so our economy stays competitive with the rest of the world and reduces the possibility of extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Thank you for your time.

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