Friday, December 19, 2008

TAKE ACTION: Say NO to Vilsack

Stop Vilsack's Confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture

Despite a massive public outcry, including more than 20,000 emails from the Organic Consumers Association, President-Elect Obama has chosen former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to be the next Secretary of Agriculture.

While Vilsack has promoted respectable policies with respect to restraining livestock monopolies, his overall record is one of aiding and abetting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or factory farms and promoting genetically engineered crops and animal cloning. Equally troubling is Vilsack's support for unsustainable industrial ethanol production, which has already caused global corn and grain prices to skyrocket, literally taking food off the table for a billion people in the developing world.

The Organic Consumers Association is calling on all concerned citizens to join a call to action and block Vilsack's confirmation as the next Secretary of Agriculture. Please help us reach the goal of 100,000 petition signatures against Vilsack' nomination. Sign today! Your email will be sent to your Senators and the President-Elect's office. To sign the petition click here.

To listen to a National Public Radio (NPR) show featuring author Michael Pollen on the appointment of Tom Vilsack as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture click here.