For those of you who know LA Farm Girl, what I am about to say might shock you. But, rather than say it myself because I simply can't get the words out, I will let Sustainable Table say it for me as follows:
"Sustainable Table fully supports the creative solution suggested today by President Bush to buy food from local farmers as a means for communities to be more self sustaining. The nonprofit program adds that purchasing sustainably-raised local food is the best option for all Americans."
That's right, W. actually said something that makes sense during his Rose Garden Speech.
President Bush said, "We are deeply concerned about food prices here at home” and the “creative policy is to buy food from local farmers.”
As Diane Hatz, Director of Sustainable Table points out:
“Sustainable Table agrees with President Bush’s statement made today that large subsidies to multimillionaire farmers should be cut."
Wow, if that doesn't tell you that something needs to be done, I don't know what will.
The food crisis has been greatly exacerbated by the huge subsidies for corn and grains that go to the large agri-businesses.
As Hatz points out: "Today’s industrial form of agriculture is funded by tax payer subsidies which can push small, family farmers out of business and pollute the environment. That’s why it is better for people to purchase foods grown locally, on sustainable family farms or at farmers markets."