Via TPM, the Organic Consumers Association has put out a harsh statement regarding Obama’s choice at Agriculture:
“Vilsack’s nomination sends the message that dangerous, untested, unlabeled genetically engineered crops will be the norm in the Obama Administration,” said Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director of Organic Consumers Association. “Our nation’s future depends on crafting a forward-thinking strategy to promote organic and sustainable food and farming, and address the related crises of climate change, diminishing energy supplies, deteriorating public health, and economic depression.”
From Wikipedia, we find out more:
Vilsack has repeatedly demonstrated a preference for large industrial farms and genetically modified crops. As Iowa state governor, he originated the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, effectively blocking local communities from regulating where genetically engineered crops would be grown. Additionally, Vilsack was the founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership, and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Vilsack has also been known to travel in the Monsanto jet. The appointment of Vilsack to the USDA sharply contrasts previous claims made by the Obama campaign that they would support local, sustainable agriculture.
Perhaps working for Obama, he’ll refrain from trips on the Monsanto jet?