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09:47 PM on 05/12/2010
Hooray for Rachel Ray!
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oldgraymare
Congress is the opposite of Progress
09:34 PM on 05/12/2010
Hooray for Rachel Ray!! Its about time that our kids are introduced to good food....for sure their parents aren't doing it! Children who eat right, right from the beginning, eat right their whole lives.
Despite working 2 jobs, I always made sure that we had a "mostly from scratch" meal every night...fresh ingredients, easily prepared, well rounded meals, and my kids are now passing those principles to their kids.
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hubbahubba77
09:16 PM on 05/12/2010
This is SUCH an important story and I'm so thankful for the efforts of both Kirsten Gillibrand and Rachael Ray. Both women are doing righteous work, in my opinion, and more power to them!
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MuchMadness
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08:49 PM on 05/12/2010
Right now, congress should be worrying about direct job creation programs for unemployed people, especially younger workers. How about an updated Civilian Conservation Corps where unemployed young men are paid modest wages for manual labor tending government run vegetable gardens and orchards? Let the government fill a niche that agribusiness sees no profit in. Now that would be productive socialism!
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Nerdiac
08:21 PM on 05/12/2010
Now we need every other influential talk show host to step up. Oh wait; Oprah tried that, she got the thyroid sued out of her by the industry. Nevermind.
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hubbahubba77
09:22 PM on 05/12/2010
LOL, so true. And apparently there's nothing to prevent similar suits from being launched against other high profile people who "dare" to speak ill of a food, even if they qualify their remarks as being merely their own opinions. I find that sickening. Why should the mega-industrial-agro-amalgam-conglomerates have more power than we the people?
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LMPE
I connect the most dissimilar things
06:25 PM on 05/12/2010
It's a national disgrace that this even has to be an issue.
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quindy
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08:32 PM on 05/12/2010
Fanned and faved.
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hubbahubba77
09:17 PM on 05/12/2010
I agree, and it's also a disgrace that eating arugula gets somebody labeled as a socialist. That's a truly sad commentary on our times.
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TaurusRose
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06:02 PM on 05/12/2010
If President and Mrs Obama are so gung ho for righteous eating and gardening, WHY is his administration completely DOMINATED with Monsanto people in the Dept of Agriculture? And why is so much draconian legislation lined up in congress to eliminate most of the good things in small farm food production, but strengthen the damaging elements in factory farming?

Why???????
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Estreet1964
Gimmie the beat boys and free my soul....
06:16 PM on 05/12/2010
Excellent questions.

All politicians are too beholden to these huge corporate interests. We need to get the big money out of politics and put the power back into the hands of the people.

Campaign Finance Reform Now!
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RedRat
Ignorance is fixable, stupidty is forever
03:13 PM on 05/15/2010
Unfortunately, don't expect campaign finance reform to come from Congress. The only hope is to look at each of our representatives and see how the voted during the Congressional sessions. Then look to see who gave them the bags of money and whether that determined the way they voted. Campaign Finance Reform starts with us the voters. We have to do the research to find out who is buying our politicians.
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RedRat
Ignorance is fixable, stupidty is forever
01:40 PM on 05/15/2010
Please talk to some economists about food production. Yes, I too would like to believe in the myth of the small family owned farm, but while that is a rosy and romantic picture (BTW, mostly to urban city dwellers), they are not economically viable. There are advantages to scaling farming up to what you call "factory farming", it reduces the cost per unit. Just like factory production of automobiles is cheaper than hand building cars (e.g., Ferrari). Unfortunately, many have a romanticized view of what life was like way back in the 1800s and early 1900s when there were small farms. Life expectancy due to poor nutrition and disease was much shorter than today.

The real question to those who advocate for small family owned farms is, are you willing to go live and make a living running one of these farms? I know I sure wouldn't. Judging by the flight from farming communities to the big cities I would guess that the vast majority would agree with me. We must face the fact that neither me or you are quite willing to pay for the cost of food from small family owned farms. Yeah, sure we all dabble a bit at this every summer when we have those small "locally produced" food setups in our communities, but I am not willing to pay those prices for the rest of the year. In the end, it all comes down to economics and voting with our feet.
04:07 PM on 05/12/2010
You, go, Rachel! It's great to see food celebrities like RR and Jamie Oliver address the issues of childhood nutrition and obesity. Advocates for school nutrition based on kids' needs rather than corporate agricultural interests need all the help they can get. Thanks for the article, Kerry.
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progressivegreg
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03:37 PM on 05/12/2010
Kudos to Rachel Ray! I'm not a huge fan (too much exposure for my taste) but I will give the show another try. This story is sad, they're our children, our future and we aren't treating them right, FOR MONEY? So McDonalds can sell another fat laden processed piece of protein and a giant high fructose corn syrup laden carbonated beverage. That's not what the USDA is supposed to do, they work for us not the corporations. Jamie Oliver, Rachel Ray you guys GO GET EM! Our future is at stake!