Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Speaking of Iowa...

This amuses me:

One line that landed a little flat, though, was when Mr. Obama sympathetically noted that farmers have not seen an increase in prices for their crops, despite a rise in prices at the supermarket.

“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” the senator said. “I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.”

The state of Iowa, for all of its vast food production, does not have a Whole Foods, a leading natural and organic foods market. The closest? Omaha, Minneapolis or Kansas City.

Who needs Whole Paycheck Foods when you can buy arugula and other produce direct from the grower at a farmer's market, a CSA, or a stand by the side of the road (where I got my tasty tasty sweet corn)? You pay less, the grower gets more money...and in Iowa, there's even a system for vendors to accept food stamps.

Not quite as ignorant as John F'n Kerry's proposal to abolish the USDA, since he was ignorant that even Massachusetts has agriculture; just another pol who has no idea how real people live.

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