Ari LeVaux sent us a link to his May 29 column for the Missoula Independent, Flash in the Pan, in which he interviewed Barack Obama over email about food and agriculture policy. Encouraging stuff, despite the off-putting (to me anyway) de-rigeur touting of the "renewable fuels" funding in the Farm Bill as a way to "reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
For example, Obama says:
- As president, I would implement USDA policies that promote local and regional food systems, including assisting states to develop programs aimed at community-supported farms.
- As president, I would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to strictly monitor and regulate pollution from large factory farms…I also support efforts to provide more meaningful local control over these factory farms.
- I believe that consumers have a right to know where their food comes from.
He also gives an innocuous chili recipe.