Food Policy in 2009

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Michael Pollan, contributing writer to the New York Times and Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, is the author of numerous books about sustainability and food policy, including In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Pollan recently wrote an open letter to then President-elect Obama highlighting the link between food policy and energy independence, healthcare and climate change.

President Obama has a number of food-related issues on his plate this year, including the National School Lunch Program, which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has vowed to renew. Vilsack has said that he wants to bring more fruits, vegetables and local food into the nation's schools.