The agro-ecological farming community is reeling from a decision by the US government to approve the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa.
Why did they do it? Perhaps because Obama’s point man on the issue is Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. For all the inspirational work being done by Michelle Obama in ripping up White House lawn to grow organic food, it adds up to small potatoes against the huge damage done by corporate-kowtowing decisions that put the future of food at risk.
Who is Tom Vilsack? And why was he flying around on the Monsanto jet? Here’s an earlier take on Obama’s man from the Organic Consumers Association when Vilsak was nominated to the USDA top post.