Friday, March 23, 2012
Jim Moseley on AGree
The best moment in this video is former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jim Moseley's personal story about his two sons, both young farmers, one traditional and one organic. Currently, Moseley is one of four co-chairs of a foundation-funded agricultural policy initiative called AGree. The other co-chairs -- also each with their own videos -- are former USAID executive Emmy Simmons, Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirschberg, and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. I am serving on an affiliated Research Committee, which has been difficult and highly educational work. AGree also has an excellent news feed.
The most distinctive feature about AGree is the Advisory Committee, with representatives from all walks of life in U.S. agriculture and the food system. The purpose of the initiative is to improve the tenor of U.S. farm and food policy debate. That's a difficult task, and the initiative is by no means ensured of success. If it does have any success, it will be largely attributable to the courage, tolerance, and hard work of this remarkable Advisory Committee.