Farm Aid president Willie Nelson has sent an open letter to Barack Obama to seek governmental support of the organization's Good Food Movement which raises awareness about the benefits of food grown on family farms. Noting that the initiative "has grown and thrived almost entirely without the support of the federal government," Nelson added, "However, now is the right moment for the leadership of our country to take a role in this important movement. In fact, the future of our economy, our environment and our health demand it." Nelson added, "Now is the time for our country to recognize and call on family farmers' ingenuity, strength and value to our past and our future. We can have strong local economies, green energy, a clean environment, healthy citizens and good food. All of these start with family farmers. I look forward to working with you to make this vision of a family farm system of agriculture a reality."