Peeling Back the Onion: What this Election means for Food and Agriculture

yellow-onionEarly November in California signals the end and the beginning of many things. This year as the election looms, I cut and chop the last dry farm tomatoes from Molino Creek Farm. Each slice marks the conclusion of these ruby orbs of delight. I make caponata to extend the last vestiges of summer flavor in my kitchen. As I peel back the onion, I muse on its ability to make me weep and the way it will transform into a sweet caramelized crescendo.

This election has been much like an onion with its multitude of sharp layers, sometimes bitter, yet holding sweet potential for food and agriculture. Let’s peel back the layers this November to see where we can make progress in Food and Ag policy.     Continue reading

This is the year to vote for GOOD FOOD POLICY

Organic Farmers Market 3I am looking forward to the elections this fall for several reasons. Not only will we likely have several state labeling initiatives on the ballots but these mid-term elections also hold the promise for great change. On November 4, 2014, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be challenged. According to the Roll Call “Casualty List” the turnover in Congress will be especially acute.  As of this writing there are 30 members retiring:  24 in the House and 6 in the Senate, with 10 members resigning: 6 from the House and 4 from Senate. With this sea change upon us, how do we create change in our agriculture and food policy? I say it’s time to vote with our food priorities and begin to hold our future Congress accountable! Continue reading