Monday, November 3

farmer in chief

An article in the NYT 2 weeks ago titled "Farmer in Chief" was crafted as an open letter to the next president by Michael Pollen. I didn't mention it then, but should have... it is worth reading. Barack read it, as noted by Treehugger here. Good stuff.

Snippet from the candidate; "...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 mean time, 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."

[update courtesy of Kristin, listen to Michael Pollen break it down here.]