- - Monday, February 22, 2021

Tom Vilsack‘s nomination as secretary of agriculture does not belong within President Joe Biden‘s progressive agenda. Mr. Vilsack has served as governor of Iowa, as secretary of agriculture under President Obama, and as chief lobbyist for the dairy industry. His candidacy is opposed by a vast coalition of small and minority farmers, as well as consumer, labor and environmental advocates. Here’s why:

•He presided over consolidation of ‘Big Ag; to take unfair advantage of small farmers;

•He failed to protect minority farmers and farm workers from exploitation by Big Ag;

•He supported location of highly polluting factory farms in minority communities;

•He promoted approval of numerous genetically modified food products;

•He allowed meat-packing employees to replace government food-safety inspectors;

•He serves as a highly paid lobbyist for the dairy industry, a significant contributor to the climate crisis;

•He failed to lead our nation’s transition from a meat- and fat-laden diet to a healthy, eco-friendly diet of vegetables, fruits and grains;

•Even in crass political terms, he failed to deliver the Iowa caucuses to the Biden candidacy and the rural vote to the Biden presidency.

Our senators must oppose Tom Vilsack‘s nomination as secretary of agriculture.



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