I am so honored to have Oran B. Hesterman, president of the Fair Food Network and author of Fair Food, submit a special entry for Fed Up. Here it is:
Fed up, Filled up and…Fueled up
When asked, “Are you filled up or fed up?” it’s a both/and for me. We have had a remarkable summer at Fair Food Network (FFN) and around the country on our Fair Food book tour, and I am definitely filled up with gratitude for all those who worked hard to make this tour such a success. But not all is sweetness and light as we dissect and challenge our food system: this is where the “fed up” comes in.
I am fed up with assertions that sustainable agriculture cannot feed the world: there’s lots of evidence to the contrary, and it’s really the only way forward. Even the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations launched a new initiative this past June to help meet the food needs of our rising world population in environmentally friendly, sustainable ways. They say that economizing on production costs and helping small farmers save actually enables maximum yields and frees more funds for farmers to invest in their health and education. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. (more…)