Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Obama Farm and Petition for a new secretary of Agriculture!

forwarded from a faithful food-alum in Chico, CA...

Foodlum friends,

These guys are riding around the country and growing organic veggies on top of their bus in an effort to encourage an organic garden on the white house lawn. Feel free to sign their on-line petition.

perhaps sign their petition, spread the word in your classes, food discussions, or support your own community garden, CSA, farmers market, co-op, etc and feel the difference of knowing where your food is coming from!
Familiar with The Omnivore's Dilemma?!
To: President-Elect Barack Obama

We citizens of The United States of America request the appointment of Michael Pollan to the Office of Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America. Through his academic lectures and papers, published books and articles Mr. Pollan has proven capable of gathering wide-ranging research, organizing it into a coherent whole and reaching non-biased conclusions. This research has provided him a unique understanding of the history, development, and contemporary practices of U.S. Agriculture and its relationship to the health of the citizens of The United States. He is singularly qualified to identify inefficiencies and present improvements in production, nutrition, and our problematic reliance on petroleum and petro-chemical based fertilizers, for the benefit of food producers and consumers both. As an academic and journalist, Mr. Pollan is free of the type of conflicts of interest rampant in the current administration which have led to abysmal performance and deficient oversight of industry at the expense of the people. It is our belief that this scholarly approach coupled with his unique ability to synergize and coherently communicate to a wide audience makes Mr. Pollan the best choice for Secretary of Agriculture in an administration whose stated goals include affordable health and healthcare for the citizens of this nation and wholesale change from the practices of the Bush administration. Please refer to http://www.michaelpollan.com/speak.htm for Mr. Pollan’s full biography and Curriculum Vitae.

1 comment:

Davin Haukebo-Bol said...

The NYTimes has a blurb in the dining section about six reccomendations for the Secretary of Agriculture. The list was sent to the President Elect by a group of "foodies" (their word) uncluding Pollan.


So far the cabinet selections seem rather "safe." I would really like to see some change come about, and agriculture would be a great place to shake things up.

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