There is an online movement for President-elect Obama to appoint Michael Pollan as the Secretary of Agriculture. Pollan’s recent article Farmer in Chief has already caused a stir amongst the farming lobbyists. Obama supposedly paraphrased from this article accusing the U.S. food production system as being one of the contributing factors creating our current major health issues; “type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in health care costs.”
Bills Moyers interviews Micheal Pollan about his response to the call for his appointment, what Obama needs to focus on to create real change, and why the U.S. system of cheap food production is killing us and possibly “adding more than $250 billion a year to healthcare costs.”
Bill Moyers Journal article Changing the Way We Eat lists a growing number of groups focused on “urban farming, food sustainability, access, reform and education,” such as Growing Power, Edible Estates, The Edible Schoolyard, and The White House Organic Farm.
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