Posted on Sat, November 19, 2011 by Hnin
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The last time we sent off our W-9s and cast our ballots, we don’t remember consenting to Congress aiding and abetting an industrial agriculture system that pollutes our land, pumps our food with harmful chemicals, and puts family farmers out of business. And we certainly didn’t consent to them botching the budget or undermining the American Dream. Yet, Congress continues to legislate the 1 percent’s policies without listening to the people. One might wonder if they still believe in the democratic process? Did they forget their dismal 9% approval rating? And are they completely ignoring the hundreds of “We are the 99 percent” protests across the country? Seems like Congress needs to be checked—big time.
Recognizing that these are pretty strong words, here’s a short list of why we think it’s important to tell it like it is, sans the subsidized sugar-coating:
We can’t afford another legislative blow to the people and to better food and farming. Together, local and organic food make up less than 4 percent of U.S.’ food sales—but 100 percent of us eat. The 99 percent eat. The worst off of us—those with the least access to good food, with the most ignored voices, with the greatest obstacles to create change—eat. We need Congress to support the policies that respect everyone’s right to good food.
It’s not gonna be exactly easy for everyday people to move our country back on the right path. Just ask the 99 percenters who have endured increasing police violence and the raids by the city while gathering peacefully to discuss solutions to our nation’s problems. Ask the farmers who have been resisting corporate control of their seeds and other agricultural inputs for decades and who have been losing their land and livelihoods. Ask the families trying to eat well while struggling to make ends meet. Ask yourself.
To transform food and farming, we can’t just change what’s on our plates. We have to change what’s being served up by our policies. It’s tempting to leave our lackluster elected officials to their politics, but it’s our tax dollars and our country at stake. All of us have a choice here—to push Congress to act right or not. Change won’t happen unless we live it.