Does the neverending prospect of a revolving door USDA/Justice/Monsanto policy get you down? Do you feel like it’s an incredible uphill battle to take on the corporate giants who are constantly gaining ever more rights than the individual? Well, it’s not your secret shame. You are not alone.
We spent some time outdoors at the City Market and Tom Tom Festival in Charlottesville, VA last weekend. Kevin spoke on raising chickens without drugs and Pat Foreman joined us with her hen, Ofrah Henfry. It was a beautiful day. We talked to lots of people and we talked to lots of University of Virginia students, which was a treat. The University students we met were, on the whole, very aware of food issues. And they were curious about policy. And they were pretty cynical, too, about the US and our food policy. They wanted to know what we could do. It all seemed so gloomy.
So we told them to get involved. That we had to work to get the government back from the corporatists. And that it was possible. And that it was going to take a lot of work. And we tried to cheer them with the fact that the GMO Giants are fighting an increasingly hostile battle and that the demand for organics is outpacing the conversion of acreage to organic acres. And that local food systems were returning to local economies in new and positive ways. Just look around at this farmer’s market. And that their voices were powerful and their silence gave consent to the politicians to make people more indifferent to what they should value most. And off they went.
If you have a chance to cheer up a kid about taking on US Food policy and the agri-industrial-government complex, please do.