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Will Obama Change the Country's Food System?

Will Obama Change the Country's Food System?

With President-Elect Barack Obama taking office in two months, changes to our country's economy, national security, and foreign policy are imminent. But will America's agricultural system change with Obama in the White House as well? In an interview last month with Time magazine's Joe Klein, Obama commented on a recent article in the New York Times written by Michael Pollan, the country's preeminent critic of modern factory agriculture, saying:

Our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the meantime, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs.

With Obama in the process of selecting new members for his administration, activists have begun circulating a petition for the new president to appoint Michael Pollan as the country's new Secretary of Agriculture. Do you agree with Obama's remarks that the country's food system is in need of reform? Do you believe this is the beginning of a new agricultural era for the United States?

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yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
plant a garden on the white house lawn!!! i love michael pollan.
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
MsMO, it's always helpful to read carefully before commenting. Your comment is beside the idea presented.
MsMO MsMO 7 years
I think perhaps looking into other, cheaper fuel resources, not just for farmers, but everybody. I think corn is not a fuel and farmers are gettin' greedy with the entire corn as fuel thing. When it come to obesity in America, hey nobody makes you down that double cheeseburger, large fries, Hershey pie and a diet soda. It's American's own fault and I don't really need to government regulating what's on my table, to where my pay check goes. Obviously I am not an Obama supporter on any subject.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Yes, we will all be forced to eat arugala instead of iceburg lettuce.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well i think that part of what he's doing is reminding us that agriculture and providing for our own country is something that's a mainstay and that the better quality of the product the better quality of life. it's a win win if people are able to understand and grasp reform. i hope that this is just one of the things that we can see a change in during the next few years.
emlod10 emlod10 7 years
His speech says enough, "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term." guess he's already looking for re-election...
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
If we take care of the farming soil and practices now, it will last longer... :)
SarahPW SarahPW 7 years
Of course! It is wonderful to know that our future president cares so much about how food gets from the farms to our plates...it's something more people should consider. As much as I love Michael Pollan, I am not sure we need him in the cabinet, but the more people read his writing, the more I hope they will pay more attention to what and ow they eat!
silversnowflake silversnowflake 7 years
Yes! Someone will finally pay attention to the things that are wrong with this country. Its so sad that it took this long for a president elect to talk about what the foods that are mainstreamed in this country do to us in 360 fashion. I am going to be so mad if at least half of what he says doesn't come into fruition.
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
Finally, a president paying attention to agriculture...long overdue. And while at that, take care of reinforcing the standards for what we import!
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