In his Op-Ed today, New York Times writer Nicolas Kristof calls for agricultural reform in America, and suggests that President-elect Obama name a bold reformer as Secretary of Food. Kristof grew up on a farm and has an insider view of the difficulties facing small family-operated farms, within the current system. Kristof writes:
"Renaming the department would signal that Mr. Obama seeks to move away from a bankrupt structure of factory farming that squanders energy, exacerbates climate change and makes Americans unhealthy — all while costing taxpayers billions of dollars." Read here.
Kate Coleman, in the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that Alice Waters and other food luminaries have written a letter to Mr. Obama offering their services as volunteer kitchen consultants. In the letter to the future President, Ms. Waters wrote:
"At this moment you have a unique opportunity to set the tone for the changes we need to make in the way our country feeds itself. The purity and wholesomeness of your campaign can find a parallel in the purity and wholesomeness of the food at America's most visible and symbolic address: the White House." Read here.