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A manifesto for good food

April 22nd, 2007 · No Comments · Environment, Farm Bill

If you value good food, you must read Michael Pollan‘s article today in the NY Times Magazine, “You Are What You Grow.” Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has done a masterful job of demonstrating how the massive, impregnable Farm Bill has filled our grocery stores with tons of cheap junk food while nutritious fresh produce prices surge. He calls for those of us who care about what we eat (individually and as a nation) to make their voices heard in this year’s Farm Bill debate:

At a minimum, these eaters want a bill that aligns agricultural policy with our public-health and environmental values, one with incentives to produce food cleanly, sustainably and humanely. Eaters want a bill that makes the most healthful calories in the supermarket competitive with the least healthful ones. Eaters want a bill that feeds schoolchildren fresh food from local farms rather than processed surplus commodities from far away. Enlightened eaters also recognize their dependence on farmers, which is why they would support a bill that guarantees the people who raise our food not subsidies but fair prices.

Read the article. Contact your congresspeople. We eaters need to let our voices be heard.


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