Our food system and the candidates

February 3, 2008

The field is narrowing in the presidential race. It’s time to take a hard look at what the individual candidates are all about.

When it comes to the big three – the economy, the war, and immigration, there’s plenty of information and comparative studies out there. Things get more than a little sketchy, however, when it comes to issues of food and food safety.

It’s not that we haven’t tried. We’ve dug, we’ve written, we’ve called, and except for ex-candidate, John Edwards (see John Edwards: Protecting America’s Food), we’ve been hard pressed to find any substantive policy position(s) about our food put forth by the remaining candidates.

Maybe we should be looking at it another way. Instead of asking the candidates for their current position or what they would do, maybe we should look at what they’ve done so far. As Dr. Phil would say, “History is the best predictor of future performance.”

Take a minute and read the following letter posted by fellow blogger, and self-proclaimed, small holding farmer, Henwhisperer, entitled Before You Vote for Hillary Clinton Read This.

Then ask yourself, “Is this the change we really need?” Or is Hillary just America’s new definition for insanity*?

*Insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

3 Responses to “Our food system and the candidates”

  1. Henwhisperer Says:

    Thanks for the boost….many people visited my blog from your link. The more who know about Hillary’s connections the better.

    Say, do you know about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)? I don’t see it here, but I also didn’t go through your whole blog. NAIS is a three pronged system whereby any property housing even one livestock animal, including horses, will be (and is being in some states) required to obtain a premises registration number. The second prong is individually identifying each animal with an RFID tag or chip (inserted into the necks of horses). The third prong is reporting of animal movements off the premises. Of course, concentrated feeding operations will only be required to have one group lot id number per in/out group, which could be 10,000 animals. Small/private farmers, homesteaders, hobbyists, and the casual horse owner will be required to tag each animal.

    My blog has more information, but the epicenter of NAIS information is http://nonais.org

  2. annierichardson Says:

    Hi Henwhisperer,

    Thanks for the info. Things just seems to be getting crazier all the time. What is the real purpose of this law? Who is going to ‘police’ this law? What will they do to someone who breaks the law? Please keep us updated.


  3. […] This seems like a great start. Thanks to Food Democracy for reading my mind and getting the ball rolling. Sad thing is there isn’t much out there. Hopefully, as we narrow the field and head into the general election, the candidates will broaden there platforms and share their thoughts on this important issue. […]


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