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Food for Thought

Dear Farmer-in-Chief
Michael Pollan writes a letter to the future president to explain why the health care crisis, energy independence, and climate change cannot be solved without addressing ourΒ  Some compelling facts from the essay include; “After cars, the food system uses more fossil fuel than any other sector of the economy β€” 19 percent … the way we feed ourselves contributes more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than anything else we do β€” as much as 37 percent … [it] now takes 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy to produce a single calorie of modern supermarket food.” Worth a read, or a debate question or two.

On the Road Again
Having just navigated the local food on the road path myself, I enjoyed this article at Ethicurean on how to find local food while traveling. Sure, the airport is a lost cause for local cuisine, but eating local on the road can add a lot to your travel experience.

October’s Eat Local Challenge
The last month of the harvest season for most of us, October marks a significant month for Eat Local Challenge participants. Learn more about the event at the Eat Local Challenge site.

News, But Not News
The Government Accountability Office is critical of federal food regulators’ performance when it comes to preventing false and misleading labeling. GAO findings included limited inspections of foreign food producers, only 95 firms of tens of thousands were inspected, in only 11 countries of 150 that export food to the U.S. Also cited was a lack of random sampling for label accuracy and the lack of an FDA system for tracking the enforcement activities of its field offices.

Watching Nickelodean
The children’s programming network Nickelodean, part of giant Viacom, comes under Senate scrutiny for promoting primarily junk foods to kids. Despite the Sponge Bob edamame packages, about 77 percent of the marketed food products on the channel fail the nutrition grade still.

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