I’ve managed to live in two of the few states that put propositions on the November ballot. With confusing wording and lengthy legalese, it can leave even the most informed citizen baffled. Let alone your average Joe. (Plumber or not.) Californians today cast their vote for a wide range of topics, from constitutional amendments about same-sex marriage, the rights of a chicken, renewable energy, and parole rehabilitation. In Santa Monica, we also weighed in on traffic congestion, rent control leadership, building development, and a cell-phone tax.
I don’t mean to disparage our great civic duty, or dismiss the truly electric energy that buzzed through my polling place today. But after waiting in line for 20 minutes, and spending many more inking my voice in nearly 35 different bubbles, I realized that there were actually a few more things for which I’d like to cast my vote in favor. Here’s my list. Feel free to dream yours.
Prop EAT: A Provision for a Healthier, Happier America:
- School Lunch Reform
- Stricter Cafeteria Standards
- Nutrition and Culinary Education
- Junk Food Consumption Limits
- Massive Reduction in Global Warming and Fatal Diseases Currently Attributed to Agriculture and Livestock Production
- Teaching Kids the Value of a Good Meal Enjoyed with Friends and Family Teaching Those Same Kids How to Cook It
- Elimination of “Ingredients” like Hydrogenated Oil and Red No. 40 in the Food We Feed Our Children
- An Opportunity for Kids to See How Food Grows and Where It Comes From with the Likes of a School Garden
- Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for All, Regardless of Economic or Geographic Restrictions
- Dramatic Increase in Fruit, Vegetable, and Whole Grain Consumption
- Limits on the Distance a Tomato Should Travel
- A nation that Eats Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants