what's good: obama talks food and farms


"And it means investing in agricultural education. From seeing all those blue corduroy jackets in the crowd, I know there’s a Future Farmers of America convention here in Indianapolis. And I want you to know that if I’m elected President, I will fight for you – because America’s farmers are America’s future. And it’s time we had a President who understood that." read on here

"I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that 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. That's just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board." read on here