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Food Justice?

The Consumer Federation of America held its annual National Food Policy Conference this week in Washington D.C. They called it “a key national gathering for those interested in agriculture, food and nutrition policy."

As far as we could tell, there wasn’t much discussion about how industrial, degenerative agriculture poisons our environment and our food, and contributes to global warming. Or how organic regenerative agriculture is our best bet for not only feeding the world, but also for cleaning up our global health crisis and drawing down excess carbon from the atmosphere.

There was talk, however, from the Justice Department about how it will continue to "vigorously prosecute food safety cases" against companies that sell contaminated food. According to the DOJ’s Ben Mizer, principal deputy assistant attorney general (whew!), the cases his department brings against food companies “help to educate the industry and to support the great work that the FDA, the USDA and others are doing.” By enforcing the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and other food safety laws, Mizer said his department helps to ensure that making safe food is “the best ethical and moral decision” because “no product plays a more important role in their lives.”

Don’t you feel safer, knowing that the DOJ is keeping your food safe?

Or do you wonder (like we did) that if the DOJ truly believes that no product plays a more important role in our lives than food, how it is that this esteemed agency hasn’t stepped in to stop Monsanto and others from growing our food (and killing our soils and polluting our waters) with all those poisons they sell? The ones like glyphosate and 2, 4-D, which the EPA, FDA and USDA continue to approve?

Nothing that happened at the National Food Policy Conference is surprising, given the influence Big Ag has on politicians and food policy. But it did serve as yet another reminder that the only people who will change our food system is us. The only ones truly fighting for food justice are conscious farmers and consumers. 

Thankfully, there are millions of us. And we are on a mission for real justice.

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