Every meal on our plates…
Contains ingredients grown on a farm. We all need farms to survive. Aside from energy from the sun, what else do we need in order to have food for ourselves and our families?
We need land to grow the food... healthy soils to nourish the crops and livestock... clean water on farms... and farmers to make it all happen.
But the land, soil, water and people we need to grow our food are at risk.
175 acres of farm and ranch land
are lost every hour in the U.S. to sprawl and development
1.7 billion tons of topsoil
vanish to erosion each year in the U.S. — enough to fill 1,200 Empire State buildings.
2/3 of coastal waterways
are degraded and need improved farm practices to keep them clean
57% of America’s farmers
are 55 or older and likely to retire in the next two decades
38 years ago, visionary farmland conservationists founded American Farmland Trust.
Our innovative policies and programs – and staff around the country – lead a national movement to save the land, soil, water and people needed to feed America. And the world.