In today’s Washington Post Outlook Section, writer Jane Black offers some advice to those engaged in the struggle to change the food policy (or lack thereof) of the US.
“To bring real change, policymakers need to look at the system more holistically — because everything, as foodies see it, is connected. Federal subsidies of grain and corn make it cheap to produce meat. Industrial meat production, which takes advantage of cheap feed, is responsible for about one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases. Eating too much meat and too many processed foods made with corn products such as high fructose corn syrup has contributed to the sharp spike in obesity over the past 30 years.
Michael Pollan, the author of the bestselling ”The Omnivore”s Dilemma” and the spiritual leader of American foodies, summed it up in an open letter to the new president in the New York Times Magazine last October. He urged Obama to make ”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.”
Linda Maggio, an Animal Welfare Approved farmer in North Carolina commented on a recent blog of ours with some ideas.
How do you think we can best affect change?