Not only that are candidates not addressing Ag on the campaign trail, but Ag and food policy were almost absent from mention by the IPCC in their Climate Change Agreement(http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf), even though Food production is one of the largest contributors (up to ~30%) to carbon emissions(http://www.nature.com/news/one-third-of-our-greenhouse-gas-emissions-come-from-agriculture-1.11708).
It seems to me politicians avoid ag and food policy like the plague because its fraught with the potential for them to lose massive amounts of financial backing (for every candidate regardless of affiliation), particularly with the increased influence that special interests have had post Citizens United (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110222/).
Politicians can’t even figure out how to work on the most basic issues unless the lights are about to be shut off. We need serious political reform to even have the politicians do the simplest jobs, let alone the hard stuff like food/ag policy.
Ironically there is a PAC, whose mission is solely to support candidates who will work for campaign-finance reform(http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/13/embrace-irony), regardless of their political affiliation.
The PAC is called MAYDAY (https://mayday.us)
I don’t care what your politics are, or what you grow, or how you grow it- Food matters in a big way and the fact that these politicians aren’t even talking about it just shows how broken our system is.