The Farm Bill's shocking return
If you're a foodie, you're likely aware of the Farm Bill, if only because Michael Pollen's "Omnivore's Dilemma" basically spends its 700 or so pages pummeling the reader with how much this policy effects our diet and communities. In short, the Farm Bill comes up every 5 years or so and sets food policy for the term to follow. The greatest impact hitherto has come from federal farm subsidies for cash-crops (mostly corn, but also wheat and soy).
When the Food Bill last came up in 2008, while the legislation failed to tackle the subsidies, it did take some important strides to protect farms from the environmental disasters, and farmers from the financial consequences of those disasters, plus it finally put money on the table to encourage the growth of vegetables. Cuz, ya know, vegetables. Before 2008 they weren't good for you.
For the entirety of First Foodie Barack Obama's term, nobody touched the Farm Bill, but now the pundits are dusting it off, getting it prepared for a new round of scrutiny, possible reforming how Americans grow their food and what Americans eat, taking on obesity and malnutrition in a mature, game fashion to really improve diets.... or they'll make everything truly, unfathomably terrible.
As Food News recently reported, the current proposal for Farm Bill legislation includes provision 733, which allow bioengineering companies like Monsanto to fiddle with food chemistry (nothing new there), only this time time the legislation strips judicial oversight. It rolls back the courts ability to scrutinize what bio-engineers do, and limits their regulatory authority.
Among the numerous things that get us Peeled Snackers irate is politicians who seek their office with the goal of limiting government oversight, neutering themselves. Anyone that boasts such contempt for public office frankly shouldn't run for it. If governments role is to let everybody do whatever they want, no matter what the consequences, then why even HAVE a government?
Okay, with that off my chest, I'll say that if this passes, then any notion that Barack and Michelle are Foodies gets thrown out the window. As a company, Peeled Snacks wants to encourage innovation in food, but SOMEBODY needs to keep an eye the innovators to insure that what they do is actually innovative (as opposed to destructive, which for the record, is a distinct option).
Some day, someone with authority (i.e. the Senate, Congress, or especially the president of the United States) will step up to the challenge of cleaning up our food supply. How can we get the current powers that be to take our food supply seriously? Sigh,