With both the presidential election and the renewal of the farm bill  looming, there's no better time to look into the food policies of President Barack Obama and the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. In a presidential term where pizza was declared a vegetable, the food pyramid was 86'd and turned into MyPlate , and a website  was created solely to document food in the Obama administration, it's safe to say that food policy has played a major role in the last four years. But where exactly does Gov. Romney stand on food-related issues? Not even he seems to know for sure.
Below, we compare the two politicians’ stances in the past and present, and take account of the men and women who are advising the Presidential candidates on food policy to see how things might look come January 2013.
Tom Vilsack (Secretary of Agriculture, former Governor of Iowa)
Appointed in 2009, Ag. Secretary Vilsack has prioritized childhood obesity, strengthening rural economies and renewable energy as hot-button issues.
Kathleen A. Merrigan (Deputy Secretary of Agriculture)
As Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Merrigan has instituted the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” campaign to boost rural economies and focus on regional food systems.
Sam Kass (White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives)
In his role as a food policy advisor, Kass has advised the First Lady on her campaign against childhood obesity (Let’s Move!) and assisted her in creating a substantial vegetable garden at the White House.
Michelle Obama (The First Lady)
Michelle Obama has taken on childhood obesity as her main political platform, promoting increased physical activity, healthy eating and improved food access through her Let’s Move! campaign.
In March 2012, Romney announced his agriculture advisory committee, which as the San Francisco Gate points out , is aligned more with California farmers than Midwesterners. Among the committee members are Mike Johanns, former Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush; A.G. Kawamura, former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; and Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes.
A.G. Kawamura said  of the appointment, "The advisory committee looks forward to providing counsel in this area in the coming months and to welcoming a new era of agricultural policy under a new president.”
For more on President Obama and Governor Romney’s views on agriculture issues, see the Iowa Corn Growers’ Association’s report cards  based on a survey given to the politicians in November 2011. Both Obama and Romney received a “B” grade.