NH Department of Food.

Governor Lynch has stated his budget proposal. I think the words cuts, taxes and anxiety can be used to accurately describe the immediate future of New Hampshire. Concerning the cuts the closure of the rest areas, district courts and the Lakes Region prison are a starting point but there could there be others. I'll start this idea with a question:

What does the NH Department of Agriculture really do for New Hampshire?

Right now I'm reading a interesting book called The Omnivore's Dillema by Michael Pollan. Its about a resource that is vital to every New Hampshire citizen, food. I'll let you read the book but its clearly a survey and a warning about food, the role of mass production of food and the impact of policy in the future of food, a future which ultimately affects the future of many people including the citizens of New Hampshire. So what does the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food really do for New Hampshire? And would the state be impacted if this department were either reduced or eliminated?

Since I do not know what the NH Department of Agriculture does for New Hampshire I'll have to guess that the answer to this question is no. A quote from the back cover of the Omnivore's Dillemma "Today, buffered by one fast food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves?" "The Omnivore's Dillemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating."

There was a time when the NH Department of Agriculture was needed. But today, with the decline and fall of farming in New Hampshire and the rise of industrial food is this department really a horse and buggy trying to create a role for itself on the interstate highway?

Can New Hampshire even afford to have this department?