Tom Vilsack Appointed as Secretary of Agriculture; Activists Call for a White House Farmer

President-elect Obama has appointed Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. The Organic Consumers Association has presented six major reasons why Vilsack’s appointment is a “terrible idea,” siting his support of genetically engineered pharmaceutical crops, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Trans Ova (through the creation of the Iowa Values Fund), Iowa’s 2005 seed preemption bill, GMO agribusiness giant […]

President-elect Obama to name Michael Pollan Secretary of Agriculture?

There is an online movement for President-elect Obama to appoint Michael Pollan as the Secretary of Agriculture.  Pollan’s recent article Farmer in Chief has already caused a stir amongst the farming lobbyists. Obama supposedly paraphrased from this article accusing the U.S. food production system as being one of the contributing factors creating our current major […]