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Obama Cites Michael Pollan in Interview

October 31, 2008

In a recent interview on Time’s swampland, Obama criticized the industrial food system in the most forthright discussion of food issues that I’ve heard yet in the presidential campaign. I can’t remember if I’m supposed to be bi-partisan or somesuch, but good lord, this man has to be president.

From an interview with Joe Klein:

I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollan about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.

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