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kristen

Question:Is food a political issue?

This week's New York Times Magazine is dedicated to food...how we grow it, consume it, what it costs and why it should change.

There's an especially compelling article (Link) about food policy and why the next president will have to take a hand in approaching a food policy.

Do you think that what we eat and how we get it should be discussed more during the election? Is the high price of food, the unhealthiness of what's on store shelves and the growing movement toward eating locally and organically important to you, or are you more concerned about healthcare and the economy? What role does government have in the way we eat?

Asked by kristen on 10/14/08 2 Answers»
SunnySide

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I'm still tackling the Magazine, but yes, I do think it's important! It goes hand in hand with healthcare issues, which inevitably affect the economy. This is quite an unhealthy country! I think the government must have a role in the way we eat...they already do in terms of the FDA and covering up things, corn syrup, cattle farms, etc. It's high time they looked less at these quick profits, and more at the profits that can be made in getting people to get healthier.

Answered by: SunnySide on 10/21/08
joepierce

Answer:

I've already noticed an uptick in news coverage regarding the amount of "greenhouse gas" generated by cattle. Over the next decade, I suspect that we'll see protestors outside White Castle yelling that we're all contributing to global warming every time we enjoy a slider.

Answered by: joepierce on 10/14/08
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