Virginia Riggs Article 3: “Farmer in Chief” Michal Pollan April 5, 2017 Author Note: Michael Pollan He has been writing books and articles on farms, gardens, and the built environment. He is also a professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley graduate school of journalism. He is author of the book The Omnivores Dilemma which was voted one of the best ten books of 2006.
Article 3: “Farmer in chief” Notes The health of the nations food system is a critical issue of national security. Cheap energy is no longer something we can rely on for agriculture production. The way we currently eat, grow, and processes food is adding to the healthcare crisis, energy independence, and climate change. Food is the second leading use of fossil fuels. In the past several months more than thirty nations have experienced food riots, and with that one government has fallen. Food is a national security issue because once a government can not feed its people they rely on other governments and global commodity markets to help get people fed. Contamination of our foods from foreign countries adds to the national security threat. Americans pay more attention to there food now then they have in decades, not only about the prices but also if it is safe to eat or not. Organic food type industries are thriving more than ever now due to people being scared of what they are actually eating. The monocultures of grain led into the monocultures of animals as well. Dairy animals used to be on farms and have now been migrated to feedlots. Most of the problems with the food system today is because of fossil fuels. It would be about a 50 year project to get Americans agriculture to go from fossil fuel based to the optimal use of sunlight.
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