Politics, how did I get from the kitchen and farms into politics????? I never wanted to hang out with politicians bleck.... So let's hear from you guys. Univeristy of Mo. and a RD in extension has a Pizza motif that features "where your food comes from" in the pizza...pepperoni from a CAFO (contained animal feeding operation), cheese from an industrial dairy, tomatoes from a row crop farm, wheat ditto....in other words they are teaching children that our food is processed and mass grown. Whoa! And they want $127,000 to build this pizza. There are many schools that are putting in their own gardens...even one university. There are many urban groups working together to get local healthy food into schools. But our state is promoting and supporting with taxpayer funding large farms that are creating pollutants,sending money out of the state and creating a major education problem with small towns absorbing ESL students that migrate in with the workers. I never trully realized how the gov't effects our food system, they really can open a marketplace or shut it down....just by decisions made by a few people.... So, the reality I chose to envision is a revitalization of farms selling produce and products in their local vicintity. Schools that have a whole child in mind...when they teach nutrition and health they also feed the kids using fresh wholesome products (and rice crispy treats are NOT a nutritious breakfast thank you very much). The arguement I consistently hear is "we need industrial farms to feed the world"....I don't believe it.....USDA says there is a 30% waste of food (rotting, not used in time, etc). So what do you think???