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Monday, December 20, 2004
Targeting the Food Supply
A worthwhile read from Saturday's NYTimes on Tommy Thompson's warning of the simplicity of terrorists targeting the food supply, and how we can prevent it. The article talks about how small farms have been consolidated into megafarms, by the likes of ConAgra and Archer Daniels Midland. Any terrorist that targeted the process at just one of these megafarms could have a huge impact on a significant percentage of the food Americans eat.
The article's title bears its recommendation: "Think Globally, Eat Locally". Farmers markets and other mechanisms to support small, independent farms are the key.
Incidentally, it was the Freedom to Farm Act signed by Bill Clinton in 1996 that enabled this nightmare to come about - the ironically named bill opened up the market for oversupply and price slashing, putting many family farmers out of business, and putting the majority of our food in the hands of a few huge companies.