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Tom Fiegen on Environment

 

 


Democratize and decentralize our food production

My biggest concerns for Iowa and the country are: the need to address childhood hunger (One in five of our children in America is food insecure); the need to democratize and decentralize our food production, to grow, process and market more healthy local fresh food (and revitalize local economies); and to clean up our water, by reducing and ultimately banning ag poisons like Roundup and Enlist herbicides. The number of cancer deaths in Iowa has increased over the last 40 years, in large part because of the ag poisons in our drinking water.

The small-farm revolution is part of the "back to the land" movement by young people to have a connection with their food. It is part of the local food movement which has spawned the farmers markets and CSAs. If I am at the table in the Senate during the drafting of the next Farm Bill there will be a paradigm shift from supporting GMO/chemical mono industrial agriculture to supporting/promoting/subsidizing local healthy fresh sustainable food production.

Source: 2016 Iowa Senate campaign website, FiegenForUSSenate.com , Oct 9, 2015

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