By now you have seen the election results, and know that we did not win the race for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. However, we did engage the public in an important discussion and debate on the future of our food and agriculture, and we moved the dialogue forward.
I very much appreciate the huge surge of support for our campaign in the last weeks before the election, and all your uplifting messages of encouragement after the election results came in.
Clearly, we have a lot more work to do to move our food and agriculture towards greater sustainability. And, it is also clear that there are no simple political solutions. We will all need to keep working on many fronts to keep our issues moving forward. It will take the involvement of educators, researchers, farmers, and concerned citizens. In short, it will take a change of thinking – a change of consciousness – in the general public to support the changes we are working toward.
Thank you, everyone, for your support of our campaign! I am encouraged that we made important strides in changing the thinking about food and agriculture, and I look forward to crossing paths and working together in the future.