Obama’s Food Policy Smells Good

Question: What advice would you give to the President or the \r\nSecretary of Agriculture?
\r\n

Glenn Roberts: One, it’s a fabulous idea to think that \r\nthe President, any President, would have time enough to stop and \r\nconsider sustainability beyond a talking point and beyond getting \r\nsomeone into the Cabinet that is driven in this direction.  And frankly,\r\n the current administration seems to have done that on a fairly credible\r\n scale.  They brought in some caring people on that level and I think \r\nthose people have a voice. 

Certainly in the White House, \r\nthere’s a lot of sustainable agricultural advocates for what goes on \r\nwith state dinners now and things like that.  They’re actually thinking \r\nthrough food systems when they bring them forward, they’re also thinking\r\n culturally.  And I haven’t mentioned this, but if I had the ear of \r\nanyone in government, including the President or the Secretary of \r\nAgriculture, I would say that the culture of food is probably as, or \r\nmore important than the production of food.  It’s something that we’ve \r\nignored in our country for a lot of reasons.  We have a food science \r\nrevolution that runs parallel to the talking points that I am delivering\r\n right now.  And that food science revolution is based on things that we\r\n could barely recognize as food 30 years ago.  So, I think that we have \r\nto think about the culture of food; the fact that food actually is an \r\nimportant part of our culture and not just something that fuels the \r\nculture in one way, shape or form.  Food as fuel is a dangerous concept.

Recorded on April 28, 2010
Interviewed by Priya George

The president treats sustainability and organic food issues as more than a talking point.

Related Articles

To save us, half of Earth needs to be given to animals

We're more dependent on them than we realize.

(Photo Lily on Unsplash)
Surprising Science
  • Scientists says our survival depends on biodiversity.
  • A natural climate strategy we often forget.
  • Seeing our place among the Earth's living creatures.
Keep reading Show less

New infographics show how cigarette smokers are socially penalized

There's a high social cost that comes with lighting up.

(Porch)
Sex & Relationships
  • The home improvement company Porch recently polled 1,009 people on their feelings about smoking.
  • The company recently published the results as infographics.
  • In terms of dating, 80 percent of nonsmokers find the habit a turnoff
Keep reading Show less

The "catch" to being on the keto diet

While short-term results are positive, there is mounting evidence against staying in ketosis for too long.

Brendan Hoffman / Getty
Surprising Science
  • Recent studies showed volunteers lost equal or more weight on high-carb, calorie-restricted diets than low-carb, calorie restricted diets.
  • There might be positive benefits to short-term usage of a ketogenic diet.
  • One dietician warns that the ketogenic diet could put diabetics at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis.
Keep reading Show less