"It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much thought to, at least since the Nixon administration — the last time high food prices presented a serious political peril."


"Our agenda puts the interests of America’s farmers, families and communities ahead of the fast-food industry’s. For that industry and its apologists to imply that it is somehow more “populist” or egalitarian to hand our food dollars to Burger King or General Mills than to support a struggling local farmer is absurd. Yes, sun food costs more, but the reasons why it does only undercut the charge of elitism: cheap food is only cheap because of government handouts and regulatory indulgence (both of which we will end), not to mention the exploitation of workers, animals and the environment on which its putative “economies” depend. Cheap food is food dishonestly priced — it is in fact unconscionably expensive.
Your sun-food agenda promises to win support across the aisle. "

Pollan makes is clear – we are all what we eat collectively. It is time to make better choices.

Michael Pollan is taking reader questions about his food-policy prescriptions for the next president. Answers to selected questions will be posted on Tuesday, October 14 at nytimes.com/magazine.

This year I joined a CSA and have been keeping a diary of my experience.

Katherine Graham Cracker

Katherine Graham Cracker