The industrial model has caused enormous damage, in a remarkably brief period of time, and we have no choice but to seek a better one.We have no choice but to help those who are being sickened, impoverished, and abused.As upper-middle-class consumers increasingly seek out healthier foods, the fast food chains are targeting low-income, minority communities -- much like the tobacco companies did, when wealthy and well-educated people began to quit smoking. And when things aren't inevitable, that means things don't have to be the way they are.
The industrial model has caused enormous damage, in a remarkably brief period of time, and we have no choice but to seek a better one.We have no choice but to help those who are being sickened, impoverished, and abused.
But there's no debate about the effects of pesticide exposure upon the 1 to 2 million migrant farm workers who harvest America's fruits and vegetables by hand. They have been carefully designed to kill insects, weeds, funguses, and rodents. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that every year, 10,000 to 20,000 farm workers suffer acute pesticide poisoning on the job -- and that's a conservative estimate.
For them, the need for organic food isn't an academic issue. Farm workers, their children, and the rural communities where they live are routinely exposed to these toxic chemicals.
Two-thirds of American adults are obese or overweight, and economists from Cornell and Lehigh universities have estimated that obesity is now responsible for 17 percent of the nation's annual medical costs: about $168 billion a year.
African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites, and more likely to be poor.
His criticisms of how we grow, process, and distribute food are right on the mark. The personal attacks on Prince Charles have served to divert attention from the real issue: Our agricultural practices are causing tremendous harm.
As Americans raised in different states and different circumstances but united by a belief that change must come, we want to reform the nation's current system of food production.
Access to good, healthy food shouldn't be reserved for a privileged few. And the changes being made at the community level need to be translated into changes at the state and federal level.
At the moment, the law too often favors corporate interests over the public interest.
He's been one of the few world leaders brave enough to say -- publicly, not just privately -- that the current system is unsustainable.
In return for that honesty the Prince has been attacked on many occasions by defenders of the status quo.