Goals of Food Vote 2012 Survey
The long-range goals of the Food Vote 2012 Survey are:
- Support every American adult who wants to become a food citizen
- Develop a “Complete Food and Farm System” framework — feeding ourselves + feeding each other — that can be easily learned and applied by any community, any jurisdiction, any agency.
Short-term, the Food Vote 2012 Survey is an attempt to
- Build awareness of food systems as a high-leverage arena for positive civic action — among voters, media, legislators, government officials, organizations
- Establish a baseline of knowledge for future action — between elections and during future elections
- Build voter self-confidence in natural adult standing regarding a basic, universal need — food
- Build voter skills in claiming adult standing, individually and collectively — sensing, thinking, articulating, deciding, acting about food
QUESTIONS that we’ll be asking and analyzing throughout the election and beyond:
- Can U.S. voters in 2012 vote on their food concerns?
- Are there candidates in the U.S. who have listed “food” under their campaign issues for 2012?
- In how many Congressional districts are voters being given a choice to vote as a food citizen?
- How many Congressional candidates are running as food citizens?
- Is food a primary issue or a secondary issue?
- What are the details of candidates’ food issues?
- Are candidates thinking and talking systemically or promoting single aspects of a complete food and farm agenda?
- What are the patterns, nationwide?
- What other candidates running for office in 2012 have made food a primary or secondary issue? President, Governor, State Legislature, School board, other?
- Can a group of constituents quickly educate their candidate(s) about being a food citizen and about Complete Food and Farm Systems by Sept. 15, 2012 (in time to make this a real issue in a district)?
- What do constituents need to make this happen?
What can we learn from this year’s election about getting FOOD on mainstream U.S. election radar?