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The Food Issue - An Open Letter to the Next Farmer in Chief

www.nytimes.com/2008/10/1…

Michael Pollan describes the upcoming food crisis in an open letter to the next President of the United States.

This, in brief, is the bad news: the food and agriculture policies you’ve inherited — designed to maximize production at all costs and relying on cheap energy to do so — are in shambles, and the need to address the problems they have caused is acute. The good news is that the twinned crises in food and energy are creating a political environment in which real reform of the food system may actually be possible for the first time in a generation.

The core of his solution is:

… we need to wean the American food system off its heavy 20th-century diet of fossil fuel and put it back on a diet of contemporary sunshine