Digest – Commentary: Kingsolver in WashPo, Farm Bill action plans

starWe (heart) Barbara Kingsolver: The novelist and nest-selling locavore memoirist of late has a piece in the Washington Post about the train wreck of the industrial food system,. TYhink you've heard it all before? We hadn't. She's visited Indian ag actisist Vandana Shiva, who shared this interesting nugget about how the "Green Revolution" has freed us all from farming's dirty work: "Analyses we have done show that no matter what, whether the system is highly technological or much more simple, about 50 to 60 percent of a population has to be involved in the work of feeding that population. Industrial agriculture did not 'save' anyone from that work, it only shifted people into other forms of food service." Adds Kingsolver, "Waiting tables, for instance, or driving a truck full of lettuce, or spending 70 hours a week in an office overseeing a magazine full of glossy ads selling food products. Surprise: There is no free lunch." Did you want fries with that? (Washington Post)

As easy as...: A 1-2-3 action guide for the Food and Farm Bill, which is being considered in the Senate. (San Francisco Oxfam Action Corps)

Treat them, don't kill them: Several letters to the editor decry the UK government's killer response to hoof-and-mouth. (Times Online)

But duty calls: Critics say departing AgSec Mike Johanns (who will be running for senator of Nebraska) leaves behind a USDA uncertain over the future spending of $286 billion of federal money and allegations that he abandoned the Farm Bill at a crucial juncture. (Washington Post)

Hear, hear: A SacBee editorial argues that although California has been slighted by past farm bills, the response shouldn't be "simply to lard up the current one, while leaving the subsidy programs largely untouched." (Sacramento Bee)

Your science is so dismal: This editorial calls on comparative economics to explain why the movement to eat locally and grow your own food would end up returning us all to a state of grubby starvation. (Vancouver Sun)

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