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ISSUE: The effect of Sustainable Development on American agriculture is of significant

concern due to the onerous regulatory reform that has and is being imposed on farmers

and ranchers across the nation, making it more and more difficult to comply and stay in


AMERICAN AGRI-WOMEN REQUEST: We strongly urge Congress to uphold their

sworn oath to protect the sovereignty of the United States against global governance and

any and all policies that erode Constitutional Rights, including private property rights.

BACKGROUND: “Sustainable Development” is a globally recognized term first

introduced to the world in The Brundtland Report (1987), titled “Our Common Future”

created by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development

(UNCED) and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland (who also

served as Vice President of the Socialist International Party, Director General of the

World Health Organization (WHO), and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change).

The official definition of “Sustainable Development” is: “Development that meets the

needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their

own needs.”1 And, while it sounds harmless, it is indeed a loaded term aggressively being

adopted and implemented in governance plans across the United States, especially within

government agencies, which warrants transparency, detailed examination and deep


The UN plan for Sustainable Development is being adopted and implemented at the local

level in many ways through initiatives like Environmental, Social and Governance

(ESG), the “America the Beautiful” 30x30 Plan, and organizations like the “Local

Governments for Sustainability” and the International Council on Local Environmental

Initiatives (ICLEI, headquartered in Bonn, Germany).

ICLEI’s mission is to “build and serve a nationwide alliance of local governments,

participating in the ICLEI worldwide association, to achieve measurable progress towards

more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable forms of development and


For decades, ICLEI has provided the framework for local communities in the U.S. to

apply international policies in the name of Smart Growth, The Wildlands Project,

Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green

Jobs, Green Building Codes, Alternative Energy, Regional Planning and Governance,

Conservation Easements, reduced development rights, and “sustainable farming” to name

a few, with the goal of all of the above governed by UN International Law that directly

affects the use and value of U.S. citizens’ private property; restricting our sovereignty as

a Nation.

The UN’s 1,147-paged Global Biodiversity Assessment identifies and seeks to eliminate

property usages that are considered un-sustainable, specifically naming “land use that

serves human needs” (pg. 783), “private property” (pg. 767), grazing of livestock and

fences (pgs. 350-1), agriculture and “modern farm production” including herbicides,

building materials, fossil fuels used for driving various kinds of machines, aquaculture,

technology improvements, farmlands, rangelands, pastures, fish ponds (pgs. 728-733),

logging activities (pg. 749), dams and reservoirs (pg. 755), and economic systems that

fail to set proper value on the environment according to the international standards set

forth by the UN Plan for Sustainable Development. It also suggests that “blocks [of land]

as large as possible” in all regions of the United States be protected in the “Wildlands

Project” covering “as much as 30% of the US land area” (pg. 993), e.g. Executive Order

14008 "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad" ( 86 Fed. Reg. 7619), also

referred to as “The 30x30 Plan” and “America The Beautiful.” Under the guise of

environmentalism, climate change, or green energy, the UN Plan for Sustainable

Development has also restricted the leasing, permitting, and drilling of oil along with the

mining of critical minerals. This hinders our energy security and weakens our National


Operating under these regulatory conditions imposed by Sustainable Development puts

the security of our nation’s food supply at risk, as well as our right to private property,

and the sovereignty of our nation.


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