Farm Aid 2012 Concert Lineup, Tickets Sold Out at Hershey
Sep 22, 2012 10:29 PM EDT | By Juan Fernandez
Farm Aid 2012, founded by Willie Nelson, held its annual sold-out benefit concert on Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium, focusing on changes in the food system in a struggling economy, environment and declining health. The lineup included John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young and the Survivors, and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were late additions to the lineup last week.
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More than 30,000 fans gathered at Farm Aid 2012, including hundreds of farmers and advocated, to make an urgent call was made for the Good Food Movement.
"We the people are building this Good Food Movement from the ground up," said Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. "Farmers are doing the hard work on their farms. People are demanding this food. We're not going to stop until every family farmer thrives and everyone has access to good food from family farms!"
Organizers showcased Pennsylvania farmers for their local, organic and sustainable food production. The all-day concert also features farming displays and whole foods cooking demos, using local and seasonal ingredients on a budget, according to Jennifer Fahy, Farm Aid communications director.
"Extreme weather jeopardizes farmers and our food supply. Rural economies that are the backbone of the country are fragile. Our health is being threatened by a food system driven by corporate interests. We don't have a lot of time," said executive director Carolyn Mugar. "Now, more than ever before, we must grow a better food and farming system."
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