GMObama? Tom Vilsack .... Change I Don't Want to Eat, Much Less Believe In
Former Iowa governor (and oft-mentioned possible VP choice for Kerry in 2004) Tom Vilsack was announced to be Obama's choice for Secretary of Agriculture today and it's the first cabinet choice that to me is beyond "questionable and centrist but hey, we'll give them a chance" and more along the lines of "this stinks now and means bad things for the future of the nation and our food chain."
He's a friend to Monsanto, a friend of GMOs, and an ethanol junkie. I know Obama (and other appointees) have said that the policies and ideas will be Obama's not theirs, but if Vilsack's ideas are even in the same vein as the President elect's then this is a real let-down. It's not just bad for small farmers and the ecosystem, it's also bad for people who eat food, and i count myself in that demographic!
There's a run-down of the GMO issue over at Daily Kos that's pretty comprehensive.
The Organic Consumers Association has a petition up to stop the nomination.
And another petition worth reading (and signing) at Food Democracy Now.
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