Breaking barriers to the affordability and access to basic food staples — vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes — is a solid start to practicing what we preach. Imagine walking into a local corner store and seeing red apples instead of red licorice on display, or an influx in programs that teach children how to purchase and prepare obesity-fighting foods.
Reforming the farm bill requires every taxpayer and lawmakers’ full attention. It’s a move that will start to encourage major changes in America’s dietary habits. And with the support of influential game-changers like Jay-Z and Beyonce, plant-based diets are here to stay, laying a blueprint to help restore America’s health.
Susan Levin is the director of nutrition education for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.