Zuckerman: more than a farmer, a builder of community

Did you know that Vermonters spend more on local foods and in the local food economy than any other state, per capita? Much of that is due to the hard work, good representation and strong leadership of Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman for over 20 years as a farmer and elected official in Montpelier.

David took on big agribusiness companies and won, when he protected so many small farmers and backyard gardeners from the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). He also was paramount in drafting the legislation to protect and increase farmers' markets across the state.

These are just two examples of the reality that David understands our economy, understands our working landscape, and understands our Vermont!

I have strongly believed in what David has accomplished over the 20 years I have known him as an organic farmer and a positive leader on renewable energy, sustainable development, and Vermont agriculture.

As mentioned, he championed the first successful GMO legislation in the country, protecting our food biodiversity and family farms. His clean-farming practices, an ideology more than a work practice, have been a solution to the pollution in Lake Champlain's water catchment area.

In being a part of the growth in the wholesale market to in-state institutions like schools and hospitals, while pioneering the direct-to-consumer CSA model, David has increased the access to nutrient-rich foods that are produced and sold locally.

We should be proud that he has been a voice for all Vermonters, regardless of how they vote, since he was originally elected as a state representative. His continued bipartisan efforts to develop family leave policies, increase the minimum wage, and give Vermonters access to publicly financed health care are three significant examples of David's care and work.

His advocacy for economic equality is illustrated by his efforts to improve women's rights, racial justice, and prison reform in Vermont. In his first terms, he assisted in the creation and passing of the unprecedented and nationally significant civil union law. To learn more about these issues or to ask any questions, visit zuckermanforvt.com.

Ultimately, David is not just a farmer, a steward of the land, plants, and critters. Rather, he is someone who possesses the passion and deep understanding of community required to be the steward of this incredible state of Vermont.

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