Farmers and Food Advocates Urge Obama to Create a National Sustainable Food and Agricultural Policy

16 Dec

DemocracyNow.org
War and Peace Report

“A group of farmers, chefs and policy advocates called “Food Democracy Now” have submitted a letter to Obama’s transition team urging him to take on industrialized agriculture and promote a more sustainable policy. The letter urges the President-elect to nominate a Secretary of Agriculture who will advocate for independent family farms, nutrition, environmental protection, food workers’ rights and animal welfare.”

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Also check out Food Democracy Now to sign the letter to Mr. Obama!

http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/

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7 Responses to “Farmers and Food Advocates Urge Obama to Create a National Sustainable Food and Agricultural Policy”

  1. jonolan December 16, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    Ah yes, more people who either hate America or are to ignorant to realize that the current population of America literally can’t afford to feed themselves on the output of small, organic, or boutique farms. It’s a beautiful idea, but one that would be evil to implement.

    I can afford to buy local (I do when possible), buy organic (I don’t), and buy sustainable (I do), but many,many Americans – the blue collar, salt-of-Earth, backbone of this great land – can’t afford to do so, but those people aren’t taken into account by the well-heeled wealthy Green Left.

  2. mindfulindividual December 16, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi jonolan. I agree with you. Which is one of the reasons why I agree with this idea. This shouldn’t be about wealthy foodies who want to have their gourmet products from artisan producers (though I am not against that) but about providing sustainable food for all – working on environmental and social justice issues around agriculture and have a government who is concerned with our health and well being and not just the huge food manufacturers who lobby in Washington.

    thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. Wine Blog December 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Sustainable farming is the way it should be and the wine world is figuring it out faster then the rest because of the dems in the bay area. Peace and Love!

  4. jonolan December 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    You agree with and you agree with this idea? That seems contradictory. I think this idea – pipe dream really, or attack against middle America ala the Zero Population Growth (ZPG) movement – cannot be achieved and feed our people – unless of course we go “Green” but import factory-farm food from the 3rd World.

    Some things just can’t scale up to the levels that we need them at, not with a price tag the bulk of Americans can afford.

    OTOH – If they could somehow make it work, it’d be awesome.

  5. mindfulindividual December 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    jonolan, well perhaps it is a bit contradictory. 🙂 but we need to start somewhere. we need to find a way to move forward with things like this. I don’t think it is unreasonable to have someone in government actually thinking about agriculture AND food instead of just crops for manufacturing. it might not be the most ideal version of this – but what ever starts that way? there are many kinks and certainly thinking about all of the communities involved and the access to this food is important, and finding ways to be able to provide as much healthy food as possible and greatly lessen our impact on the environment. we can feed people sure, but we are also putting them into unhealthy situations with pesticides and unfair practices. we can do better. i am happy to see it starting to change and have food as a potential priority.

    i hope i didn’t ramble too much. 🙂

  6. jonolan December 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    OK, on THAT we can agree. There are many ways of doing large scale agriculture that are far better than we are doing them right now.

  7. mindfulindividual December 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm #

    jonolan – “There are many ways of doing large scale agriculture that are far better than we are doing them right now.”

    well that’s what I really meant to say. I can be bad at explaining myself. that’s why I have a blog? 🙂

    thank you for your contribution to the discussion. now it’s my turn to check out your blog!

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