||Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM
the past month, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has been
alerting our nationwide network about Obama's proposed appointment of
Monsanto ally and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to the position of
Secretary of Agriculture. Far from representing the "Change" which
Obama has promised, Vilsack has a disappointing record of promoting
controversial genetically engineered foods, biopharm crops, and animal
cloning, as well as cheerleading for unsustainable biofuels derived
from corn and soybeans. In addition Vilsack has come under fire for
aiding and abetting chemical and energy-intensive industrial
agriculture, including Iowa's infamous Concentrated Animal Feeding
to all of you who have taken part in OCA's "Stop Vilsack" campaign. So
far, we have collected over 60,000 online petition signatures,
generating coverage from major media outlets and websites including the
New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio,
Air America, Democracy Now, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, The Nation,
and Huffington Post, as well as a number of major daily newspapers.
Similar petitions circulated on the internet by OCA's allies, including
Pesticide Action Network, and the Center for Food Safety have generated
an additional 60,000+ supporters, making Vilsack perhaps the most
controversial and unpopular Obama cabinet appointment. OCA's petition
is being delivered to Obama's Transition Team, as well as Congress.
If you haven't yet signed the petition, please do so now.
If you've already signed the petition, here's another way to make positive change:
The Obama Transition Team has set up a website soliciting input from
citizens about various hot-button issues. One area of the website
invites people to post questions and concerns and vote on them.
Supposedly, those questions with the most votes will be directly
responded to by President-Elect Obama. Please follow this link and vote for questions asking Obama to support policies promoting health, justice, peace, and sustainability.
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