We may not have gotten the Farmer in Chief we were dreaming for, but I am cautiously hopeful that the 44th president of the United States is going to move us a little closer to a sane food system. That's despite the fact that the inauguration speech delivered by President Barack Hussein Obama — oh how I love typing those four words — didn't mention food or farming at all, except in the context of biofuels and developing countries:
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. …
…To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
Hear, hear. Let's hope that change involves more than moving speeches.
And check it out — the White House website now has a blog!