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White People Own 98 Percent of Rural Land. Young Black Farmers Want to Reclaim Their Share. | Mother Jones

White People Own 98 Percent of Rural Land. Young Black Farmers Want to Reclaim Their Share. | Mother Jones

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Innovations by Black farmers remain at the core of sustainable agriculture today.

By Tom Philpott, Mother Jones

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Black people have largely been expelled from the US agricultural landscape. In 1920, nearly a million Black farmers worked on 41.4 million acres of land, making up a seventh of farm owners. Today, only about 49,000 of them remain, making up just 1.4 percent of the nation’s farm owners, and tending a scant 4.7 million acres—a nearly 90 percent loss.

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This didn’t happen by accident. Since Emancipation, Black farmers have had to fight for a share of this country’s fertile ground, due to a history of racist policies and land theft. But modern sustainable agriculture owes much to Black agriculturalists, explained Leah Penniman, co-director of Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York and author of Farming While Black, on a recent episode of Bite.

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