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November 2, 2008

If you enjoy the food choices we have here in the USA

Do NOT vote for BHO. Obama wants to change the way farming works. Yes, a guy who has lived in cities thinks he knows the way to make American Agriculture - which grows food that feeds the world - better. Or at least better in his way of thinking.


Just days before farmers will be going to vote, Democratic candidate Barack Obama made a major slip when he criticized American agriculture. In an interview with Time Magazine he said, “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 meantime, 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 health care costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in health care 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.”

Which leads me to wonder - is Obama going to ban tractors, combines, tillers, plows, anything that uses diesel or unleaded gas? Are we going to be forced to use horses and oxen to till our fields?

And, it's nice to know it is all our fault that Americans can be obese. Is Obama going to force farmers to only grow arugula? I know he was unhappy about the price of Arugula at Whole Foods.

But I do not know any farmer who shops at Whole Foods, or even where a Whole Foods may be. Does he think arugula grows on trees? Does he know that temperature, moisture, sun and wind all affect the prices of anything grown by farmers?

Gad. I've already voted - for McCain. Please, vote for McCain/Palin. At least they have a decent chance of understanding farming.

Obama has no chance at all. I am hopeful that he does not want to point to third world nations as prime examples of how American Farmers should be farming!!!!!

Posted by Beth at November 2, 2008 1:13 PM


Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. ~Dwight David Eisenhower

Posted by: Mark Gasser at November 2, 2008 6:08 PM

Horses and oxen produce methane gas.....therefore, they, too, will not be *legal* to use. Hand-tilling, anyone?
If he thinks the price of arugula is high now......

Posted by: DL Sly at November 2, 2008 7:50 PM

Live the Ike quote, but I think the original poster has misinterpreted the Obama quote. I see it more as a call for growing and consuming more on a local level as opposed to everyone growing corn and asking for government handouts. The federal govt must work with farmers to diversify crops and aid them in times when needed, to keep more farms in the hands of families and out of corporations like Monsanto.

We import too many of our foods from South America, when we could be growing them here, saving money on diesel fuel for shipping (fuel which should be used here by American farmers) and protecting prices for American farmers.

Unfortunately, Republicans love to open markets and remove local price controls while paying farmers to grow corn for ethanol, a losing venture. This gamble has not paid off for working families, but fortunately we finally have a presidential candidate who will reverse these trends!

Obama/Biden '08!!

Posted by: Junks at November 2, 2008 9:26 PM

Junks - the ethanol subsidies are a bi-partisan thing, please, if stemming from differing impulses.

And there are some cogent points in what Pollan wrote, and, in fact, people like SWWBO and I (she's the original poster) would benefit from what you say - at the expense of you and those around you, because you'll pay higher prices for your locally grown food. Beth and I can't compete with lettuce from Mexico, but we happily sell to people at the Farmer's Market - who are mostly people who are willing (and able) to pay more for all the perceived benefits of locally-produced foods.

And it wouldn't hurt us all to have a more seasonal diet, either, i.e., gosh, ain't gonna have lettuce salads in January.

And, I suppose, if we make food more expensive, we'll eat less of it, which will make us less fat.

Oddly enough, however, fat as we are, we keep living longer, no, wait, that's bad, too, because then I'm going to suck up all the medicare and social security money.

Oh, it's all too hard. I'll just leave it all up to my betters who will tell me what to do.

Posted by: PETA ROCKS! at November 4, 2008 5:55 AM