Farmers Join Occupy Movement

According to sources in New York, the Occupy Wall Street movement is planning a Farmers March for Sunday, December 4, in protest of corporate farming practices.

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has been a hot-button political issue for several months. Started on September 17, 2011, the movement has ballooned outside of New York, spreading to cities across the United States and even overseas to major European cities like London.

The movement opposes the influence of corporations and corporate money on the American political process and supports social justice, challenging current wealth distribution, which they claim place the overwhelming majority of the nation’s wealth in the hands of a small minority of individuals.

The Farmers March, they say, represents a major part of that unequal distribution of wealth. Large-scale corporate farmers have received the lion’s share of federal agricultural subsidies while simultaneously driving family farms out of business.

The majority of American agricultural products are currently grown on large-scale corporate farms.

Speakers at the Farmers March will include the president of the Iowa Family Farm Coalition, rural activists from across the country, and plaintiffs in the ongoing class-action lawsuit against food industry giant Monsanto.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer