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  WE PLEDGE THAT IN OUR FARMING, PROCESSING, AND MARKETING WE WILL:

• Reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers;

• Reject the use of GMOs, chemically treated seeds, synthetic toxic materials, irradiation, and sewage sludge;

• Treat livestock humanely by providing pasture for ruminants, access to outdoors and fresh air for all livestock, banning cruel alterations, and using no hormones or antibiotics in feed;

• Support agricultural markets and infrastructures that enable small farms to thrive;

• Maintain and build healthy soils by farming practices that include rotating crops annually, using compost cover crops, green manures, and reducing tillage;

• Conserve natural resources by reducing erosion and pollution of air, soil and water through responsible farming practices;

• Maximize the nutritional value of food and feed by practicing careful post-harvest handling;

• Practice minimal processing for all food products to preserve the natural nutritional value of food: NO use of irradiation, ultra-pasteurization, excessive heat, synthetic preservatives, or GMO processing agents or additives;

• Reduce the ecological footprint of farms and homes by limiting energy use and converting to renewable sources of energy;

• Reduce food miles by selling produce locally and regionally;

• Create beneficial habitat for wildlife and encourage biodiversity;

• Help preserve farmland and farming know-how;

• Ensure food safety by using potable water for washing crops;

• Handle raw manure and soil amendments with care;

• Use ethical business practices;

• Pay a living wage to all farm workers and acknowledge their freedom of association and their right to collective bargaining;

• Treat family members and farm workers with respect, and ensure their safety on the farm;

• Work in cooperation with other farmers and with the neighboring community to create a more sustainable way of life;

• Sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations.

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