Last week, Mr. Obama appointed Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, which grows much of the nation’s corn and soybeans. Mr. Vilsack has talked about reducing subsidies to some megafarms, supports better treatment of farm animals and wants healthier food in schools. But his selection drew criticism because he is a big fan of alternative fuels like corn-based ethanol and is a supporter of biotechnology, both anathema to people who want to shift government support from large-scale agricultural interests to smaller farms growing food that takes a more direct path to the table.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Secretary Of Not Eating Much Healthier
A Twitter friend, screen name food_democracy, has a link to a New York Times article saying that advocates of radical changes in the way Americans eat are disappointed by the PE's choice for agriculture secretary: