RESOLUTION CONCERNING TRADE AGREEMENTS

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WHEREAS, the San Juan Island Grange #966 values the production of local, organic, sustainable healthy food that is grown in diverse ways and supports an approach towards increasing choices for consumers and farmers; and
WHEREAS, in light of global warming which threatens the viability of many varieties of plants used today, this approach to farming and producing food for an area will increase the stability of food availability; and
WHEREAS, these farming methods can also be used to reduce carbon emissions, and improve the health of the environment; and
WHEREAS, a highly diverse seed bank will become even more critical as the impacts of global warming are felt, and this need for diversity will only increase the need for more farmers, local farming and more diverse farming techniques, and
WHEREAS, the San Juan Island Grange #966 also supports the local economy that arises around local farming, as it provides local living wage employment, maintains or encourages the raising of health and safety standards, keeps the money in the community and reduces the carbon footprint associated with more centrally produced, industrialized food systems; and
WHEREAS, programs like the Farmers’ Markets and Farm-to-School are very important to this approach to the local economy, food security in general and integrated local food systems; and
WHEREAS, the San Juan Island Grange #966 wants to see more small-scale farms, and wants to encourage more people to get into farming for a living; and
WHEREAS, the San Juan Island Grange #966 also supports democratically created legislation for things like labeling, and in particular GMO labeling that gives consumers and communities greater control over what they eat and allows them to support the continuation of these democratic processes and ongoing education; and
WHEREAS, democracy is a fundamental element to society; and
WHEREAS, the San Juan Island Grange #966 supports transparency and public participation in the construction of legislation not only locally and in Washington State but broadly around the world; and
WHEREAS, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTiP), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and other similar trade agreements that will be considered under Fast Track do not support the values of the Grange; and
WHEREAS, these trade agreements are negotiated in secret by multi-national corporations like Monsanto DuPont, Syngenta and Walmart; and
WHEREAS, these trade agreements are not democratically written pieces of legislation, and do not involve the interests of small farmers or consumers; and
WHEREAS, these trade agreements focus on centralized and industrialized production methods and on a “national treatment” of suppliers which negatively impacts local suppliers and producers, and does not support sustainability; and
WHEREAS, these trade agreements support the corporate concentration of agriculture and the industrialization of agriculture;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTiP), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and other similar trade agreements that will be considered under Fast Track; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution be forwarded to the Washington State Grange together with a recommendation for favorable action therein.
Adopted by the San Juan Island Grange #966 May 4, 2016