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With Ancestral Farming Practices, “Human Beings Can Be a Blessing to the Earth

Posted On: Oct 5, 2018   |   Posted By: Food Tank

On “ Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg ,” Leah Penniman , co-founder and Co-Director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY, outlines a plan for justice for people of color that requires more than equality. “If we imagine that somehow we're now all on a level playing field, and we only now start treating everyone equally and fairly, thinking that would fix the problem of racism, we are really misguided,” says Penniman.
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The solution, says Penniman, must reflect on a history of discrimination against farmers of color. While in 1910, black farmers owned 14 percent of the land, ownership dropped to only 1 percent of land after targeted lynching, racist violence, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's discriminatory policies. “Reparation is all about giving the land...

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