How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans’ well-being than any other human activity. The food industry is the largest sector of our economy; food touches everything from our health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality and the federal budget. Yet we have no food policy — no plan or agreed-upon principles — for managing American agriculture or the food system as a whole. That must change...
How a national food policy could save millions of American lives
Why We Get Fat: Diet Trends and Food Policy - 2012 YouTube, Stanford Medicine. Gary Taubes, Sciency Journalist and Dr. Christopher Gardner, Assoc. Professor of Medicine and Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Center.
"American food policy has long been rife with head-scratching illogic. We spend billions every year on farm subsidies, many of which help wealthy commercial operations to plant more crops than we need. The glut depresses world crop prices, harming farmers in developing countries. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live tenuously close to hunger, which is barely kept at bay by a food stamp program that gives most beneficiaries just a little more than $4 a day."
Does your legislator stand up for good food policy? Do you know how your elected officials voted on major food policy issues? There’s a simple and easy way to find out, thanks in part to Top Chef's Tom Colicchio