Obama’s Recipe For Rural America (And Chili, Too!)
By Sean Reagan
Ari LeVaux recently interviewed Barack Obama on issues relating to food and agriculture. Obama, you’ll recall, voted in favor of the Farm Bill with the altogether reasonable observation that we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
McCain, not so much.
As John Nichols said,
McCain, who is a more militant supporter of corporate-friendly trade policies even than Bush, objected to what he described as the farm bill’s “flawed policies that distort the markets.” Translation: The measure was too good for Main Street and not good enough for Wall Street.
The man McCain is likely to face in the November election, Democrat Barack Obama, embraced a different set of priorities.
“By opposing the bill, President Bush and John McCain are saying no to America’s farmers and ranchers, no to energy independence, no to the environment, and no to millions of hungry people,” argued Obama.
Food and ag issues aren’t exactly sexy, but they do impact all of us on a daily basis. LeVaux doesn’t pull any punches in his questions, and Obama’s answers are thoughtful and thorough. Eight years into The 28% Man’s presidency, it’s easy to forget that we could have a President who talks like this:
I am very familiar with the great work of Angelic Organics and other community supported farms. These types of farms can provide an important source of fresh fruits and vegetables to inner city communities that do not have easy access to grocery stores that sell organic foods. Moreover, farms like Angelic Organics that sell directly to consumers cut out all of the middlemen and get full retail price for their food, which increases the financial viability of small family farms.
As president, I would implement USDA policies that promote local and regional food systems, including assisting states to develop programs aimed at community supported farms. I also support a national farm-to-school program and am pleased that the Farm Bill provides more than $1 billion to expand healthy snacks in our schools.
If you care about farms and farmers – hell, if you care about the food on your table – go give it a read.
And hey, bonus? You get Obama’s personal chili recipe. It’s his favorite thing to bring to a potluck.