Saturday, October 18, 2008

Open Hunger: Everyone wants to eat...

Farmer in Chief


by: Michael Pollan, The New York Times

Federal policies to promote maximum production of commodity crops such as wheat, from which most of our supermarket foods are derived, have succeeded in keeping prices low. But suddenly the era of cheap and abundant food appears to be drawing to a close. (Photo: Nouriche Nutrition Ltd.)

Dear Mr. President-Elect,

It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food.

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...make the reform of the entire food system one of the highest priorities of your administration: unless you do, you will not be able to make significant progress on the health care crisis, energy independence or climate change. Unlike food, these are issues you did campaign on - but as you try to address them you will quickly discover that the way we currently grow, process and eat food in America goes to the heart of all three problems and will have to change if we hope to solve them.

The entire article is a well written wake-up call for a hot-potato issue that no one as yet wants to take on.

I am going to vote for Barack Obama.
I am William "Papa" Meloney and I endorse this message.

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