Presidential Food Politics

As November quickly approaches, there is no sign that the big three issues — the economy, gay rights, and women’s reproductive freedoms — are going to give up their firm hold on the national political stage.  With both candidates keeping their eye on those issues with which they’re strongest — President Obama focusing heavily on the latter two, and Governor Romney honing in on the former — it’s no surprise that the myriad other political and policy issues that plague our country are getting little press.

Still, in a time when farmers are struggling to stay in business and American families are coming home from the grocery store with less and less food for the same few dollars they have to spare, food policy is as important as any other.  Recently United Fresh, an association charged with representing the fresh produce industry from field to table, got in touch with both campaigns to take a candid look at their positions on food policy.

From immigration — an issue that hits agriculture square in its employment sector — to the farm bill, taxes, and even nutrition the questions posed by United Fresh and the candidate’s answers have been compiled into two documents and published on the association’s website.

To read Romney’s positions on food policy click here.

To read Obama’s positions on food policy click here.

Remember: no matter our color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, we all have to eat.

Image via iStockPhoto/Cristian Baitg

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