DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowan Dave Murphy quickly has
become a national voice for the sustainable food movement since he
petitioned the Obama transition team on appointments to the USDA.
a so-called "foodie," the 40-year-old is a history buff with a master's
in creative writing from Columbia University in New York City. He was
paying off student loans working as a consultant for the U.S.
Department of Labor in 2006 when he returned home to Iowa to help his
sister successfully fend off a Minnesota company's attempt to build a
hog confinement next to the family farm. He thought he would stay a few
advocating for food democracy is the full-time job for the Clear Lake
man, with the bulk of his time split between his nonprofit start-up,
Food Democracy Now, and consulting businesses on sustainable practices.
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