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Occupy Big Food rally in New York City

We’ve always said here that gardening is political, a way of opting out of a culture that pushes us to live lives powered entirely by fossil fuels and processed substances that bear only the slightest relationship to actual food. Food is political, as Michael Pollan has been telling us for years, and as the Occupy Wall Street movement asserted last year.

So it’s very nice that the Green Party has just fielded its first candidate to quality for federal matching funds, an internist named Jill Stein. And based on an interview that appeared in the New York Times yesterday, I certainly like her.  Whereas I find most health care pros are pretty focused on pharmaceuticals and not so much on eating well, Stein actually cooks, and cooks organic, as a good Green should.  According to the Times, she is running because she “grew impatient with the social and environmental roots of disease.”

She is also very funny on the subject of professional politicians.  Asked what it was like to debate Mitt Romney, as she did when she ran unsuccessfully for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, she said,  “It’s easy to debate a robot.”  Here’s hoping she gets to debate him again this year.

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Michele Owens
on July 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm, in the category Ministry of Controversy, Unusually Clever People.


  1. My potential enthusiasm for her is certainly reduced by the reality that votes for Greens come mainly from the Left. I still blame Ralph Nader for giving us the decidedly not-green W.
    (I know Nader’s not the ONLY reason for the outcome, but without the Green Party…)

  2. Susan I kind of feel the same way. Why is it all the causes today come from the left? I know just as many right wingers, like myself, who are tired of big gov/big biz domination.

  3. Nader did not cost the election. From the “The numbers vary, but well-cited polls have indicated that anywhere from 80 to 95% of Nader voters in 2000 “would not have voted otherwise.” It’s time to put this myth that Nader “took votes away” from anyone to rest. Nader was successful at getting people excited enough to get out and vote who would otherwise have not cast a vote for either mainstream candidate.”

  4. Well said, Peter. All too often elected officials spend valuable time voting down anything the opposition proposes without offering viable options. And yes, both major parties are guilty of this at one time or another. Meanwhile, the citizens see nothing being done to solve actual problems.

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