Well, the honeymoon is over for my hope for change! With president elect Obama’s choice for Secretary of Agriculture it’s back to business as usual. And I do mean business as usual (as in agribusiness)! I try not to get too political on this blog or my web site, but in this instance I can not remain silent. I had hoped for so much better! President elect Obama has delivered a catstrohpic blow to the local food and sustainable agriculture movement.
The new Agriculuture nominee is Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and I call him “Monsanto boy”! As far as I can tell he is a complete shill for the multinational, megalithic, agribusiness industry that wants to shove genetically modified foods, corn syrup, and patented seeds down all of our throats. (Literally!)
His tenure in Iowa saw most small hog producers go out of business in favor of the large, confined feeding operations that are so prevalent in this country. He is a best friend to the large agribusiness industries, and was named 2001 Governor of the Year by the Biothechnolog industry Association. He is an ardent supporter of genetically modified crops, and helped to ramrod a federal law that pre-empts a county’s ability to regulate the use of genetically modified crops.
The Organic Consumer’s Association spells out in gory detail many of the reasons that Tom Vilsack is no friend to those who wish to eat consciously and eat real food. He is all about big agribusiness with no thought or consideration to the small, independent, family producers that are currently facing extinction. His appointment will only accelerate their demise.
The Organic Consumers Association put out these:
- Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s support of genetically engineered pharmaceutical crops, especially pharmaceutical corn:
- The biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, named Vilsack Governor of the Year. He was also the founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership.
- When Vilsack created the Iowa Values Fund, his first poster child of economic development potential was Trans Ova and their pursuit of cloning dairy cows.
- Vilsack was the origin of the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, which many people here in Iowa fought because it took away local government’s possibility of ever having a regulation on seeds- where GE would be grown, having GE-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc. Representative Sandy Greiner, the Republican sponsor of the bill, bragged on the House Floor that Vilsack put her up to it right after his state of the state address.
Vilsack has a glowing reputation as being a schill for agribusiness biotech giants like Monsanto. Sustainable ag advocated across the country were spreading the word of Vilsack’s history as he was attempting to appeal to voters in his presidential bid.
- Vilsack is an ardent support of corn and soy based biofuels, which use as much or more fossil energy to produce them as they generate, while driving up world food prices and literally starving the poor.
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