Michael Pollan joins me to talk about GMOs, organic food, the industrial agriculture, and his new book Cooked.
Points we hit on:
What will it take to ultimately get GMOs labelled in the US? And what affect will that labeling have.
Rewarding farmers for embracing sustainable practices.
Getting changes in agriculture from the grassroots, corporate and government level.
Getting representation for eaters on the government agriculture committees which are currently dominated by lightly populated corn belt states.
The importance of being able to demonstrate scientifically that we can do what we say we can do - relating to permaculture, sustainable agriculture.
The importance of cooking your own food and the trickle down effects. If you are cooking your own food then you have the ability to shop from local farmers, farmers markets, and CSAs. Fast food supports industrial agriculture.
10% of the food dollar goes to the farmer. The longer the food chain the less the farmer gets. Even the packaging manufacturers make more than the farmers.
By diversifying as a farmer and having more than a single crop you are able to being more of a price maker than a price taker in the commodity system.
Show Notes: www.permaculturevoices.com/23