So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.
A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.
Africans can look to India to see what a future of relying on biotech seeds looks like. There, a depleted water table, poisoned waterways and farmer suicides have been the result of the first Green Revolution.
When Michelle Obama put a vegetable garden on the White House lawn, I couldn't help but wonder if it would be the most powerful "soft" policy position on food this presidency could take in the first 100 days.
Let's take inspiration from the public's interest in the food details on the inaugural web page and the hoopla around the new gardens and build on the momentum. Food policy is a change we can believe in.