Let the plumber dude have his 15 minutes; at least it made for a lot of fun around the office yesterday, somewhat alleviating yet another painfully tedious debate. But all the Joes aside (not forgetting Joe Black, Joe Cool, Joe Sixpack, and Bazooka Joe), are there things we gardeners should expect in a president? Michael Pollan thinks so.
In a wonderful essay in last Sunday’s NYTimes, one I am sure many of you have read, Pollan talks about food production and vegetable gardening, echoing the sentiment Michele voiced in her action day post—that fresh food from the earth is like tasting sunshine—but also describing how we’ve really managed to screw this experience up, big time, in the process endangering much more than the food supply. We’ve heard this from Pollan before, but he’s absolutely right that it hasn’t been discussed much during any portion of the campaign. Pollan asks the “Farmer in Chief” to implement an agenda of ecological farming, regional food production, and education about healthy eating, and has compelling and detailed ideas about how to do it.
I’ll be honest; I’m no political junkie. I hate pretty much everything about campaigns, and have guiltily ignored as much as I can of this one. But I do like a government that does something useful with my tax dollars, and Pollan’s ideas sound right to me. In the hopes that there’d be a trickle-down (the kind that works), maybe action by Washington would inspire local governments to start compost programs (my city has none), use more native plantings in parks and less shaved lawns, and do more to get the wonderful produce of our local farmers into school lunches and grocery shelves. Just to name a few things. Instead of limiting their focus to citing homeowners for “high weeds.”