Pollan for Agriculture Secretary?
It has been suggested (and previously
) that Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature
, The Omnivore's Dilemma
, might make a good Secretary of Agriculture. This would be a dramatic departure for an office that has a decades-long history of steering US agriculture policy to the advantage of the largest agribusiness corporations.
Especially given Obama's potential connections
to Big Corn
, how silly would we be to anticipate real change in US ag policy, relevant as it may be to the economic, energy, climate, and national security issues he campaigned on?
Via the Brian Lehrer Show
posted by maniabug
on Nov 17, 2008 -
As the global climate changes, agriculture is sure to be affected. The Stern Review
explains that "developing countries - in particular the poorest - are heavily dependent on agriculture, the most climate-sensitive of all economic sectors." Working Group II
of the IPCC
says that: "Smallholder and subsistence farmers, pastoralists and artisanal fisherfolk will suffer complex, localised impacts of climate change (high confidence)." Meanwhile, some important staple crops are especially threatened
by rising temperatures (though genetic engineering may help
). You can experience a taste of it yourself
, with a climate change awareness fast, taking place on Tuesday, September 4th.
posted by sindark
on Aug 30, 2007 -