Michael Pollan (
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.
Modern U.S. agriculture (especially as embodied in "The Farm Bill") is not only a giant user of fossil fuels, but also arguably the major contributor to health crises like obesity and diabetes.
Agriculture in the U.S. uses a surprisingly large amount of fossil fuels (about 14% of the total), and actually generates proportionally more potent greenhouse gases than other uses of the same feedstock. The green revolution was all about fossil fuel-based fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and monoculture. Furthermore, the incentives are perverse, especially in the U.S., anti-health and anti-family farm.
Summarizing Pollan's article, the key recommendation is the "resolarization" of American agriculture:
Right now, the government actively discourages the farmers it subsidizes from growing healthful, fresh food: farmers receiving crop subsidies are prohibited from growing “specialty crops” — farm-bill speak for fruits and vegetables. ... Commodity farmers should instead be encouraged to grow as many different crops — including animals — as possible. Why? Because the greater the diversity of crops on a farm, the less the need for both fertilizers and pesticides.
Pollan was also on Fresh Air on October 20, a fantastic interview following up on this article, which you can hear at