No Farms No Food: Save the Land That Sustains Us

Mar 19, 2010
by WLJ

—American Farmland Trust finalist in national competition.

American Farmland Trust (AFT) is proud to announce that No Farms No Food: Save the Land That Sustains Us was voted one of the best Ideas for Change in America, taking first place in the Food & Agriculture category and making the Top Ten ideas overall in’s national online contest.

“We couldn’t have done it without your support, and votes,” says Jon Scholl, AFT president. As authors of one of the Top Ten ideas in the contest, AFT will receive advocacy support from’s millionmember strong community to help turn the tide on farmland loss in the U.S. “This is particularly fitting as AFT celebrates its 30th anniversary this year,” adds Scholl.

“It’s a good time to look back and realize how much has been accomplished by the farmland protection movement in three decades. When a small group of forward-looking farmers and conservationists launched American Farmland Trust in 1980, they were alarmed by how much of the nation’s farmland was being paved over for sprawling development, and equally concerned by how little was being done about it,” said Scholl.

Since that time, AFT has served as the catalyst of a national conservation movement—one that has helped protect over 3 million acres of farm and ranch land and established environmentally sound farming practices on millions more. Much has been accomplished all over the country by farmers working with conservationists, concerned citizens and elected officials to protect the nation’s working lands and promote environmental stewardship.

“I recently had the pleasure to meet Nick Herbert, an agricultural leader in Europe and member of the British Parliament. I am reminded how the world is becoming ever more interdependent, and how important our farmland is,” Scholl said. “A report from the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] of the United Nations provided a wake-up call for many; stating that global food production needs to nearly double by the middle of this century to feed an expected world population of 9 billion. And this must happen on less land—as we continue to develop farmland around the world at an alarming rate.”

According to AFT research, one acre of U.S. farmland is developed every two minutes.

“Our efforts to help the nation achieve food security, environmental sustainability and economic growth through agriculture are needed more now than perhaps at any time in the past,” adds Scholl. “It’s a job no single nonprofit organization, company or government can tackle alone. AFT has a very important role to play along with the public to insure that we save the land that sustains us. We all must work to make farmland protection, conservation and environmental stewardship a public priority in every community, and a keyelement of our national farm policy.”

“We invite people to stay tuned, and stay involved as we implement our national efforts to achieve our goals to protect the land, produce a healthier environment, and build successful communities,” Scholl said in closing. — WLJ