Green Announces for LA Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
Climate Change and Trade-Wars Demand a New Direction in Louisiana Agriculture
For Immediate Release:
May 10, 2019
Promising a new direction for agriculture, Margee Green announced her candidacy for Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry today, challenging three-term incumbent Mike Strain. Green pledges to reform the food system of Louisiana and work diligently to make the state's agriculture and forestry industries part of the solution to climate change while increasing their ability to feed our citizens and support farmers.
"I am running because the condition of our environment and economy make it clear that we need to rethink agriculture in this country, starting in Louisiana," Green said. "Our food and farming systems have long been broken, but President Trump's trade war has permanently shifted the Chinese market for soybeans to Brazil, and there is simply no going back. We have to build toward a better and more sustainable future for all of our farmers."
"We need to make Louisiana's farms profitable by helping farmers diversify. Louisiana farmers used to grow high-quality, affordable food for Louisianians, and we can do that again. We have to truly support farmers in moving towards more financially and environmentally sustainable growing models."
A native of Louisiana, Green has spent over a decade as a farmer and educator working in organizations dedicated to farmer development. Her inspiration to pursue agriculture at Louisiana State University came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when, as a high school senior, she stood in line for MREs.
"It could be hard to imagine just how fragile our food system is until you experience its absence the way we did in the Gulf South after Katrina," Green said. “And it underscores just how bizarre it is that a state so rich in food culture produces so little food for ourselves. Consolidating land to grow crops that we ship to China is untenable in the face of tariffs, trade-wars, and climate change. It won't work much longer, and we have to be proactive about changing it.”
"If we continue to drag our feet over the next decade climate change will bring food shortages, spikes in prices, and the end of our coast as we know it," Green said. "We must stop letting politics divide us over something that is so clearly happening. Climate change isn't a debate. Climate change is our reality. Let's mobilize so we can adapt and even thrive in the face of it.”
"Louisiana is positioned to become a significant agricultural engine for providing affordable, healthy food to a nation that will need it more than ever before. My plan to elevate food production through small and medium-sized farmer development will do just that.”
Green, 30, says that while she expects age to be a factor in the race, she argues that it benefits Louisiana to have a Commissioner who can think ahead to plan massive change rather than bide time and maintain the status quo.
"Our farmers aren't thriving, especially those who don't have access to capital and land. We need to support new farmers and develop our markets. People work their tails off to feed us, and many can't pay their water bills or afford stable, viable land. When it comes to Agriculture and Forestry, I am working on behalf of the most important thing in the world to me: my community. And I'm a farmer, so you can trust I won’t be outworked in this election."