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Presidential hopefuls spending little time talking about food policy

By Elodie Reed, Concord Monitor staff

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Food is an undeniable key ingredient to political campaigns.

It lent the setting (and sustenance) for Donald Trump’s January Red Arrow Diner stop in Manchester, where he now has a cheeseburger named after him. It gave a fun twist to Hillary Clinton’s 2015 swing by the Moo’s Place dairy bar in Derry, where she ordered a kiddie-sized chocolate peanut butter fudge ice cream.

Where would the tradition of Saint Anselm College’s “Politics and Eggs” have started without, well, the eggs?

On a plate of presidential political mashed potatoes, though, the topic of food policy has been a lonely, green pea.

“There’s been almost no discourse about food, nutrition and health in this election cycle,” Food Revolution Network President John Robbins told the Monitor.

Despite the dearth of discussion, Robbins has done his best to determine where exactly the presidential candidates stand on food issues and the subsequent effects on the health of Americans and the environment. Robbins said this was the first election year he’s felt compelled to do such an analysis.

Read the full Concord Monitor article here.

Featured image courtesy of John Benford Photography