Do you believe in buying and sourcing local? How about eating healthy? Organic? How about making sure it’s grown in a way that heals the soil, is good for the planet, and feeds families?
What about supporting small farmers, investing in rural communities, and sourcing from farmers markets or family farms?
If you believe in or do any, or all, of these things – no matter your political party or affiliation, or even the country you live in – then you probably shouldn’t be a big fan of Tom Vilsack.
Vilsack is Biden’s top pick for leading the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the next four years.
Some honestly believe Vilsack handled the agricultural affairs of our country well in decades past, especially as part of Obama’s cabinet. But others more strongly believe we’re in sore need of change and someone with more backbone in this time of crisis.
We need someone who will stand up against agricultural corporate interests, pollution, environmental degradation, and protect the small farmers and rural communities.
Sadly, Vilsack has never really stood up for any of these things.
In fact, Vilsack has instead shown time and time again how eager he is to pander to large agricultural businesses. These corporations stifle the growth and livelihoods of small independent family farms (organic and conventional) as well as local food initiatives, all while furthering pollution and topsoil loss.
He’s also shown little interest in making the agricultural system of this country work in the favor of rural communities, families, indigenous, and the worki