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Iowan Creates Nonprofit for Food Politics

Gunnar Olson

Dave Murphy, left, director of Food Democracy Now, talks with Paul Willis, manager of Niman Ranch Pork Co., and Lisa Stokke, assistant director of Food Democracy Now All are founders of the nonprofit organization, which was started at a time when more consumers began to buy organic and locally grown foods. (ANDREA MELENDEZ/THE REIGSTER)

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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