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A healthy food system is necessary to meet the urgent challenges of our time.

We, the undersigned, believe that a healthy food system is necessary to meet the urgent challenges of our time. Behind us stands a half-century of industrial food production, underwritten by cheap fossil fuels, abundant land and water resources, and a drive to maximize the global harvest of cheap calories. Ahead lie rising energy and food costs, a changing climate, declining water supplies, a growing population, and the paradox of widespread hunger and obesity.

1. the food system must be reorganized on a foundation of health: for our communities, for people, for animals, and for the natural world.

2. The quality of food, and not just its quantity, ought to guide our agriculture.

3. The ways we grow, distribute, and prepare food should celebrate our various cultures and our shared humanity,

4. providing not only sustenance, but justice, beauty and pleasure.