Your manifesto?

Have you seen Mark Bittman’s “A Food Manifesto for the Future“?

Could some of his points below help direct your personal Food Philosophy?

  • End government subsidies to processed food. We grow more corn for livestock and cars than for humans, and it’s subsidized by more than $3 billion annually; most of it is processed beyond recognition.
  • Begin subsidies to those who produce and sell actual food for direct consumption. Small farmers and their employees need to make living wages.
  • Break up the U.S. Department of Agriculture and empower the Food and Drug Administration. Currently, the U.S.D.A. counts among its missions both expanding markets for agricultural products (like corn and soy!) and providing nutrition education. These goals are at odds with each other; you can’t sell garbage while telling people not to eat it, and we need an agency devoted to encouraging sane eating. Meanwhile, the F.D.A. must be given expanded powers to ensure the safety of our food supply. (Food-related deaths are far more common than those resulting from terrorism, yet the F.D.A.’s budget is about one-fifteenth that of Homeland Security.)
  • Outlaw concentrated animal feeding operations and encourage the development of sustainable animal husbandry. Sustainable methods of producing meat for consumption exist.
  • Encourage and subsidize home cooking. When people cook their own food, they make better choices.
  • Tax the marketing and sale of unhealthful foods. Another budget booster. This isn’t nanny-state paternalism but an accepted role of government: public health.
  • Reduce waste and encourage recycling.
  • Mandate truth in labeling. Nearly everything labeled “healthy” or “natural” is not.
  • Reinvest in research geared toward leading a global movement in sustainable agriculture, combining technology and tradition to create a new and meaningful Green Revolution.
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~ by Kate on February 19, 2011.

One Response to “Your manifesto?”

  1. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133852810/the-impact-of-rising-food-prices-on-arab-unrest
    NPR re: corn subsidies for ethanol affecting global grain prices, a factor in Middle East riots.

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