An Iowan is in the running for Agriculture Secretary. Following is a petition from sustainable agriculture advocates:
As a society at large, we have lost the connection between food, water, air and health. Food, our vital resource of nutrition and energy, our basic component of health and vigor, has largely become, a processed, fungible commodity. For the most part, we have lost our regional food systems and economies, and in the last century, we have lost 97% of our food species along with 90% of our farmers. Biological diversity is not an abstract concept. It is life itself: the life of people, nature, and our planet. A high price is being paid with the health of our people and the health of our natural environment. Doing nothing will increase the distance and disconnections between food and health, the disjointing separation between eater and producer, the steady increase in food-related preventable diseases and the continued deterioration of our planet’s greatest treasures; biological diversity and healthy ecosystems.
2) Renewable energy based farming systems
3) Human nutritional needs
4) Health to consumers, land and the environment.
From Dave Murphy of Clear Lake :
Time is of the essence…
We invite you to JOIN US in this grassroots effort by signing this live letter advocating a Sustainable Choice for the next Secretary of Agriculture.
Current signers to this letter include Rick Bayless, Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Marion Nestle, Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Catherine Sneed and Alice Waters among many others.
Please join them by once again casting your vote for change by supporting a Sustainable Choice for our next Secretary of Agriculture.
Help make this type of change possible by signing this letter. Our work has only begun.
PLEASE SIGN this letter at: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org
And then FORWARD to all your friends.
As you may know that this effort has appeared in numerous blogs, including Grist, Salon and in the New York Times online: