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When It Comes to Food, How Does Your Lawmaker Stack Up?

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Will the food movement ever really turn political? This question has been much discussed of late, thanks in part to Michael Pollan's recent New York Times Magazine op-ed on California's GMO labeling referendum (which I discussed here).

And yes, as Pollan argued recently, whether or not California's Prop 37 passes will be one sign that the movement has come of age (i.e. eaters "voting with votes, not just forks"). But winning one election in one state, however large and trendsetting, would be just the beginning. Every good political movement identifies its allies and its enemies in an attempt to breed more of the former and weed out the latter.

Today - on Food Day - we're seeing signs that the food movement may in fact be starting to grow up. And like learning how to balance a checkbook or making sure bills get paid on time, some of the most crucial rites of passage can seem more like chores than privileges.

So it is with a new organization called Food Policy Action, a lobbying group that intends to grade members of Congress on their voting records on food-related legislation. The group's board of directors includes several big names in food: Stonyfield Farm's co-founder Gary Hirshberg and the Humane Society of the United States' CEO Wayne Pacelle, as well as leaders from Oxfam America, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the Environmental Working Group - and lest I forget, Top Chef's head judge Tom Colicchio. 


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