We originally ran this article to accompany the first presidential debate. But since none of our questions got answered, we're posing them again, in time for the third and final showdown.
Here are a few food policy-related questions Food52's editorial team would like to see Clinton and Trump address. The list is by no means exhaustive, though. We're more interested in hearing what you want to know—tell us in the comments!
- What's the biggest problem with the U.S. food system—and what's the first step you would take to change it?
- Considering strides made in food policy and nutrition labeling made over the course of the Obama presidency, largely due to the work of Michelle Obama, do you have plans to continue building on those advancements?
- What would you to do curb food waste in the United States?
- How will you promote the businesses of small farmers? More specifically, how will you make it more profitable for small farmers to grow the things we need most at a reasonable price, such as fresh produce, rather than historically subsidized corn and wheat?
- How would you reduce the high incidence of farmer suicides in the United States and ensure the mental health of farmers is being tended to?
- Are you on board with regulating cow burps? (This is honestly so important.)
- Why do people still go hungry in the U.S., and what would you do to reduce hunger? How is solving this problem intertwined with other socio-economic issues you'd like to tackle?
- What would you say to Fight for $15, the labor group composed of fast-food workers who are demanding a federal living wage as well as union rights? Are their concerns valid to you, and if so, how would you seek to placate them?
- Specifically for Mr. Trump, regarding his beloved restaurant, McDonald's—do you have interest in seeing McDonald's provide more nutritious options? What do you have to say about its role in America's obesity epidemic?
- It's recently emerged that the sugar industry played a large role in shifting the blame of its harm to fat. How would you work to make sure that scientific research regarding food can be trusted, and how would you work to maintain scientific integrity to keep industry incentives at bay?
- Whom would you choose as your advisors when it comes to food policy?
- Are there food policies in place elsewhere in the world that you'd turn to in order to inform your own decisions regarding food policy and safety?
Your turn! Let us know what you'd like to see the candidates answer tonight in the comments.
Update, 10/13: Earlier, we suggested that the candidates tackle the issue of cow farts. We've since realized that cow burps are far more pressing a topic, and we've adjusted the text accordingly. Huge editorial oversight. Sorry. Bye!