Why Food Needs a Plank on Party Platforms

An American election happens about one year from today, and so far the only attention food has received is reports on what the candidates eat.

But this election cycle, there’s an effort to turn this food chatter into a real discussion about creating a national food policy, which the country sorely lacks. America’s food decisions are made in pretty much every department—Agriculture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services. It’s understandable, because there are few parts of human existence untouched by food.

But coordination is needed so that, as four notable authors commented a year ago, we aren’t spending government money to make high-fructose corn syrup less expensive at the same time that we’re saying it’s terrible for your health. Shouldn’t we

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