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Alas, Yes, Even in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement

One of the most disturbing and important insights about the sustainable agriculture movement – and women’s role in it – that emerged from the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) conference last weekend was brought to light in a workshop about strategies for managing a farm after a marital or long-term personal relationship with a farming partner falls apart. Stories from panelists and participants demonstrated that, painfully but inevitably, even the sustainable agriculture movement is subject to problems the rest of society experiences, specifically unfair treatment based on gender and domestic violence. MFAI pledges to join with others to open and thoughtfully engage a discussion about how to ensure that women as well as men can enter into farming with a partner of either gender with confidence of fair treatment and safety.