Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Opinion Piece in NY Times

Wes Jackson and Wendell Berry wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times on Sunday, January 4, 2009 about another reason agricultural policy needs to change and why I should care: soil.

Right now, if I have money, I have food. But what if the farmers stocking the grocery stores poison America's soil so much that food no longer grows on them? The coral reefs come to mind. Here is a quote from the opinion piece that I liked:

For 50 or 60 years, we have let ourselves believe that as long as we have money we will have food. That is a mistake. If we continue our offenses against the land and the labor by which we are fed, the food supply will decline, and we will have a problem far more complex than the failure of our paper economy.
As a regular grocery store consumer and mother, I am very concerned about this issue. I can think of two issues right at this moment of writing a stream of consciousness that link us all together: global warming and our national agricultural policy (water too). I don't think that we can wait for government to make the changes that we need in a timely manner. I don't think that I can make big enough steps in my small household to make a difference, but what if we all took baby steps?

What if we all took a closer look at the food that we eat? What if we chose to see the truth, rather than bask in our wealth and abundance with no questions asked?

Jackson and Berry say, "It is an issue as close to every one of us as our own stomachs."

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