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  •  Farm Policy? (4+ / 0-)
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    I don't see anything on Ms. Burner's website about food and farm policy.

    Ms. Burner, would you be willing in principle to support labelling of genetically modified ingredients in processed foods sold in the United States?

    Are you willing to support organic and sustainable agriculture, one of the fastest growing and most successful segments of the US economy today?

    Do you support making Confined Animal Feeding Operations pay for the air and water pollution they cause?

    Are you willing to help close and nail shut the revolving door between USDA and agribusiness giants like Monsanto?  You may not not have heard that the USDA is referred to in some quarters as a "wholly owned subsidiary of the Monsanto Corporation."

    •  Haven't posted the food & farm policy stuff yet :) (6+ / 0-)

      So: yes on labeling GMOs. There are serious issues with the possibilities of unknown and unexpected reactions to GMOs. And beyond that, GMO contamination of otherwise non-GMO crops is a major problem on many, many levels.

      I'm a huge fan of organic and sustainable agriculture and very happy to support it. My family eats organic (& vegetarian), and are big fans of our Full Circle Farm CSA subscription and PCC, our local organic grocery co-op. Henry and I started a worm bin earlier this summer, and I spent August reading more deeply on permaculture. (Seattle Tilth is obviously a leader in many of these issues -- and a convenient local supplier of both books and eisenia fetida.)

      We need to be sure that big business (including confined animal feeding operations) doesn't profit by externalizing their costs onto others, so I'm in favor of making them deal with any air and water pollution they cause.

      And the USDA should serve the American people, not big agribusiness.  

      When I was pregnant with Henry I read Sandra Steingraber's book Having Faith, which impacted my thinking a fair amount. Subsequent reading, toxic toy testing, and conversations with people like Natasha Chart and Jill Richardson have taken me the rest of the way there on this set of issues.

    •  Great Questions, Nastarana! (0+ / 0-)

      And what a great opportunity to ask a candidate her positions. Real information from an informed source - nothing like it!

      "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

      by TerryDarc on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 06:38:03 PM PST

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