Sunday, October 26, 2008
The solution lies beyond buying local and organic, and involves transforming food systems, locally and nationally (and globally) to meet an urgent array of needs: petroleum-free agriculture and food policies that build new infrastructures — markets, distribution channels, and a diversity of farms — centered on economic and ecological sustainability.
"Every city should have a food czar," argues Dimock, to "take the contradictions out of city policies," and develop new policies — and leverage state and federal help — to increase food security.
A survey of 1,026 voters by the Trust for America's Health shows 63 percent believe investing in preventive health will save money on long-term health care costs. The survey also finds 60 percent of respondents want federal and state governments to focus on obesity-related illnesses."America's public health system is broken. Serious gaps exist in the nation's ability to safeguard health, putting our families, communities, states, and the country at risk," said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH. The group identifies steps to prevent disease, prepare for disasters and bring down health care costs.
[from On the Pulse Oct. 24, 2008]