Michael Pollan: “Farmer-in-Chief.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 13, 2008
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Michael Pollan is one of my idols—he, along with Alice Waters and a few others have done more for organics and local food in America, and in our globalized economy, that anyone else. How? Through his popular books—and through his eloquent, important writings for the New York Times. Just this morning I was thinking to myself that I hadn’t seen anything from him in awhile—and lo, in the top ten most emailed nytimes.com articles, was this:


It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much thought to, at least since the Nixon administration — the last time high food prices presented a serious political peril. Since then, federal policies to promote maximum production of the commodity crops (corn, soybeans, wheat and rice) from which most of our supermarket foods are derived have succeeded impressively in keeping prices low and food more or less off the national political agenda. But with a suddenness that has taken us all by surprise…for the rest, click here.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Michael Pollan: “Farmer-in-Chief.””

  1. Ryan Wanger says:

    The easiest thing Pollan suggests in the article is for the White House to plant a fruit / vegetable garden on the lawn, and publicize it’s menu and eating habits.

    That would be fun to see, and a great topic for children to learn about and follow.

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