We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and have emerged from their food comas. This week’s roundup is in line with the series we ran this week which focused on those tackling the tough and important issues concerning food in the United States.
One percent of the U.S. population owns a farm, but one out of every 12 jobs in America is connected to agriculture. In an article in Politico Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks about the underappreciated farming industry. When asked what Americans should be thinking about this Thanksgiving he said, “I would like them to think about how as an American, you are more secure because America is producing all you need. And somewhere in America on this Thanksgiving, there is a guy in the fields still working.”
USAToday ran an article that talks about how food banks across the country are bracing for an increase in demand as millions struggle to put holiday meals on their tables. Food banks have felt this strain in the past, but this year will be worse due to the recent food stamp cuts. The article says that even larger food banks with big supplies might not be able to meet demands. (more…)