Health Care and Sustainability

Once again Michael Pollan has succinctly hit the nail on the head regarding America’s food policy, linking the health care debate and agribusiness  in his September 9, 2009 Op-Ed piece in the NYT, “Big Food v. Big Insurance”.   He makes the point that in order to control health care costs, we must improve health, reducing the growing rates of preventable chronic dieseases, many of which are linked to diet.  Changing what America eats  means changing the way we allocate resources – including land – for growing food. 

resid farm 3Pollan references the findings of a team of designers from M.I.T. and Columbia who were asked by UnitedHealthcare’s foundation to come up with the best way to tackle childhood obesity in America. “Their conclusion surprised the designers as much as their sponsor: they determined that promoting the concept of a ‘foodshed’ — a diversified, regional food economy — could be the key to improving the American diet.”

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One response to “Health Care and Sustainability

  1. You can hear Michael Pollan speak at the We Make Our Future conference on the Ithaca College campus from October 16-18. He’ll be beamed in via satellite to the Finger Lakes Bioneers conference. We’ve got an impressive line-up of local live speakers as well, so check it out at http://www.wemakeourfuture.org today!

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