The Nourishing the Planet blog, which is affiliated with the Worldwatch Institute has a great account of a very interesting conference that recently took place in our nation's capital regarding the future of food.
Here are some quotes from a blog post entitled Conference Asks What the Future of Food Should Look Like. The event was organized by Washington Post Live.
- “We need to look at nature as the model for how we produce our food,” Fred Kirschenmann, a farmer and President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
- “If we want to have sustainable food that respects the environment and the rights of animals, we also have to hold up human rights for workers and for small farmers. And this I think we can do by addressing the consolidation of power in the market by the biggest buyers of food.” Lucas Benitez, co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- "...the need for organics isn’t an academic issue and it has nothing to do with the latest trends. It is literally a matter of life and death.” Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation”
- “We’ve got to reclaim food as nourishment,” not as a commodity. Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director of Navdanya
- “The thing about food policy is, if you eat, you’re affected by it.” Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana.