Saturday, February 21, 2009

Food Democracy Needs You Now!

Help Send a Message to the USDA – 100,000 Americans for a Sustainable America
Next week the organization Food Democracy Now will be delivering a list of signatures and comments to Secretary of Agriculture, Vilsack . Many of you may have already signed this petition. I know I have posted information and a the link to this organization once already. For this last push I decided to forward on their latest appeal for help.
The organization's goal is to get over 100,000 signatures from Americans who recognize the importance of a USDA that implements policies to support sustainability. According to the Food Democracy Now e-mail over 84,659 people have already signed the letter calling for sustainable change at the USDA.
Original signers to the letter include Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Marion Nestle, Francis Moore Lappé, Bill McKibben, Alice Waters, Dan Barber and Rick Bayless among many others. .... A good group of folks to join, I'd say. Click Here to see the original letter with it's signers and sign on yourself.

Food Democracy Now ends their call for signed support by saying that... "So far we know that we’ve had success in changing the debate in how agriculture is being discussed in the 21st century. Since his confirmation, Secretary Vilsack has made a number of forward-thinking statements that prove he understands the urgent need for change in our nation’s food policies. Let's make sure the administration understands how much support the idea of sustainable practices in U.S. food and farm policy we’re asking that you forward this message to 5 friends to have them sign the petition and help put us over the top.
Thanks again for all your help, we look forward to creating a sustainable food system for the 21st century. "
Best,David MurphyPaul WillisLisa StokkeAaron Woolf
Food Democracy Now!

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