Earth Week Wish List

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Like a child’s Christmas list for Santa, here’s my Earth Week gift list for the USDA.

Dear USDA, I have been a very good girl this year. I worked hard to research where my food comes from and I got better at feeding myself. These are the gifts I would like from you this Earth Week for me and my fellow Americans:

1. Please end your unhealthy and destructive relationship with big agribusiness. Stop subsidizing corn and soy, the key ingredients in industrial livestock feed. Start subsidizing small farmers and sustainable local food networks. Make policies that benefit small organic farms. Expand your Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education farmer grants program.

2. Enforce the Humane Slaughter Act. It’s been around since 1958, even George W. Bush improved it in 2002, and it simply requires that pigs and cows be rendered insensible to pain before they are slaughtered. Empower your Food Safety and Inspection Service employees to identify and report violations, and then actually penalize the offenders. Also, expand the act to include chickens and turkeys.

3. Your food pyramid that helps determine what Americans eat? Stop enlarging sections according to the big food industry’s lobbying efforts. Instead, endorse Harvard School of Public Health’s version. Better yet, hand the whole job over to Health and Human Services, since you have an apparent conflict of interest.

4. Reform the school lunch program so school lunches include less factory-farmed meat, fewer processed foods, and more vegetarian options. (Today is Farm Sanctuary’s National Call-In Day to urge legislators to support H.R. 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act).

I’d like to think that wanting these things to happen is not quite as childish as expecting reindeer to fly.

5 thoughts on “Earth Week Wish List

  1. I’ll add your list to my wish list…what you’re doing with food…I want to do the same with garbage and waste. Just might have to start my own trash blog. Keep it up, Kama! You always give me good food for thought…or good thought for food.

  2. Great wish list…you commented on my site a while back and I just wanted to say that I love what you are doing here. It inspires me to keep moving forward in my own green journey!

  3. I read recently that the USDA was actually started by Big Food back in the day. Its core mission is to protect the Food monopoly. Looking for a link…

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