Up until today, I hadn’t asked for anything but your readership, but I now want to ask all of you to please sign the Food Democracy Now petition, which calls for President-elect Obama to name a Secretary of Agriculture committed to “revitalizing our rural economies, protecting our nation’s food supply and our environment, improving human health and well-being, rescuing the independent family farmer, and creating a sustainable renewable energy future.” These are critical issues, and I urge you to read the petition, and to sign it.
As I’ve talked about here before, issues of food politics are not simple or clear-cut. But this petition doesn’t call for a food tyrant who will only allow us to eat rutabagas in winter. This isn’t an issue of heirloom tomatoes or heritage beef, but rather the health of our nation’s economy, people , and land. It asks Mr. Obama to bring the sensible kind of change he’s promised for Washington to our nation’s food policy as well.
I would like you to sign the petition, but please at least read it. Consider what it says, and if the policies it describes are ones you support, attach your name. If enough voices gather behind this, Mr. Obama may just listen.