A letter to the next president

Michael Pollan, arguably the person most responsible for the slowly improving American diet, has a massive treatise in the NY Times Magazine’s food issue. You may not have the time for The Omnivore’s Dilemma (though you should make time). In Defense of Food may not be your cup of tea. But the whole premise is here, in an open letter to the next president. The crux:

Reforming the food system is not inherently a right-or-left issue: for every Whole Foods shopper with roots in the counterculture you can find a family of evangelicals intent on taking control of its family dinner and diet back from the fast-food industry — the culinary equivalent of home schooling. You should support hunting as a particularly sustainable way to eat meat — meat grown without any fossil fuels whatsoever. There is also a strong libertarian component to the sun-food agenda, which seeks to free small producers from the burden of government regulation in order to stoke rural innovation. And what is a higher “family value,” after all, than making time to sit down every night to a shared meal?

Read the whole thing. And hope the winner November 4 gets the memo.

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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