Monday, October 20, 2008

Farmer In Chief?

Today I happen to catch Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Terry's guest was author Michael Pollan who wrote an open letter to the next President in the NY Times Magazine, titled Farmer in Chief. In the letter, Mr. Pollan speaks frankly and opening about his concerns with the food industry. He believes that they days of cheap food are ending and the next President can set an example and create programs to change the way we feel about food.

If you are at all interested in food, maintaining healthy food practices or keeping food safe through organic and safe food practices I would recommend listening to this program and/or reading his letter. He was a very interesting speaker and had some very reasonable requests. However being a realist I do not anticipate our next President to follow his suggestions, but oh to dream!

He touched on organic farming including pesticides and crop rotation, treating farms as industrial plant for waste treatment and ways for the average person to take more responsibility in their food growth. He encourages the next President to plant produce gardens at the White House to encourage everyone to maintain gardens, to think locally. He also has some interesting ideas for changing school lunch programs and suggests schools grow their own food to teach students the importance of fresh foods and to see firsthand where it comes from.

I found the program very interesting and hope you do as well.

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