Like many kids of her millennial generation, Natalie Tran grew up on fast food meals, fried chicken and hamburgers that her parents lugged home after long work days. Today, she’s rethinking that past while working as a student organizer championing “real food” for the national Real Food Challenge, which is taking hold on campuses nationwide.
Opponents of GE-corn designed to resist the potent herbicide 2,4 D have flooded the USDA with letters of protest this week.
On this day of food activism – Occupy the Food System – I’d like to say, Bravo! to the creative minds behind this event. It makes so much sense for food advocates, environment activists and family farmers to work together.
These groups share many goals and struggles. They all want a cleaner world, with quality food and stronger local economies. And they all operate on a precipice, with limited time left to stop the terminal effects of carbon pollution, and in the case of food, the corporate flattening of options. (Fortunately they have some heavyweight support from farm friend Willie Nelson and food activists like Vandana Shiva, Marion Nestle, Raj Patel and Woody Harrelson.)