Our food system is broken.
Our nation is collectively getting heavier and heavier and suffering the effects of it in our health (and the taxes that puts on our broken health care system).
In poorer neighborhoods, the issue is even more stark. Access to healthy options are almost non-existent and with uninsured and underinsured populations, the impact is nothing less than killing those least able to defend themselves.
Jill Richardson started writing about the obesity epidemic on Daily Kos back in 2006 to great response. She's expanded her research to look at how agriculture has changed over the last 50 years and how the answer to our broken food system is simply to alter our methods towards sustainability. That research has resulted in the book we're going to discuss today: Recipe For America.
Jill looks at organics, government subsidies, foreign methodology to agriculture, the impact of pesticides and food delivery systems to break down in a easy-to-understand breakdown of the tangled and interdependent food system. She even gives some simple ways that we can change the system that will benefit all of us immeasurably.
So please join me in welcoming Jill Richardson to C&L to discuss Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It.