Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Make Friends with a Farmer

Yesterday was Occupy Our Food Supply Day and many online commentators were highlighting the problems with corporate control of our food.  Anna Lapp√©  and Willie Nelson  explain why it matters. (click here for full story)
Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, the destruction of soil fertility, the pollution of our water, and health epidemics including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer. More and more, the choices that determine the food on our shelves are made by corporations concerned less with protecting our health, our environment, or our jobs than with profit margins and executive bonuses.This consolidation also fuels the influence of concentrated economic power in politics: Last year alone, the biggest food companies spent tens of millions lobbying on Capitol Hill with more than $37 million used in the fight against junk food marketing guidelines for kids.
Dentist and Food Activist Dr Susan Robin who also gives specific examples here of what areas we need to address. 

But I found most heartening the remarks by Michael Ableman writing for RainforestAction Network

The occupy movement has reminded us all of the economic disparity that exists in our world and for this I sincerely thank them. But if we are going to focus on what we are for, as much as what we are against, we should occupy our land, re-occupy our soils with life and fertility, our communities with good food. We can march on Wall Street, or we can continue to work quietly and diligently in rebuilding the real economy, the one based on soil and sunlight and communities working together to grow food.

So get to know your Farmer. Even the USDA is getting involved.
 On Wednesday 2/29 via live webcast the USDA will unveil the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, and highlight USDA's support for local and regional food opportunities.

You can participate live by asking questions on Twitter to @usda and using the hashtag #KYF2 or click here for more information.