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Monsanto Buddy to Be New Secretary of Ag
by via e-mail
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 4:30 PM
Tom Vilsack was chosen as the Obama Admin's Secretary of Ag a couple weeks ago. He does not embody the change that this new admin has promised, but rather a continuation of corporate control of food to the detriment of the nation's health.
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Vilsack's business as usual positions have included the following:

-Vilsack has been a strong supporter of genetically engineered crops, including bio-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.

-The undemocratic and highly unpopular 2005 seed pre-emption bill was Vilsack's brainchild. The law strips local government¹s right to regulate Genetically Engineered seed.

-Vilsack is an ardent supporter 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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