Climate change, energy independence, and health care are all related to how our food is grown and what we eat.
We use more fossil fuel in the production of our food than we do in driving our cars. The pollution of rivers, the erosion of soil, and the release of greenhouse gases are all due to poor agricultural practices that are driven by our farm policy. The lack of affordable and nutritious food and the overabundance of processed junk foods are due to incentivizing the growth of commodity crops such as corn and soy to the detriment of fresh fruits and vegetables.
If we want to tackle these three great challenges, we have to align our farm policies with our nation's goals and give our farmers the tools to make a difference.