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The President-elect announced his nominees for Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Interior at a press conference December 17, 2008 in Chicago.
* Vilsack has a glowing reputation as being a schill for agribusiness biotech giants like Monsanto. Sustainable ag advocated across the country were spreading the word of Vilsack's history as he was attempting to appeal to voters in his presidential bid.
The airplane in this animation is a referral to the controversy that Vilsack often traveled in Monsanto's jet.
In a recent legal case in Canada, it was declared that Monsanto owns any seeds containing the novel genes it has developed and so must be paid for their use. This is the case if someone buys seeds from Monsanto, but also if seeds blow onto their land, or even if the seeds result from cross pollination of non-GM crops with GM pollen from neighbouring fields21. Regardless of how the genes arrive in the crops on farmers’ land, they still must pay Monsanto a fee. Yet there is no system in place to protect farmers or the public from the damage that could be caused by these plants, or the financial loss caused by contamination from a GM crop.
Originally posted by Bullhorn
This has got to be a joke. I'd like to ask all the Obama supporters out there, without personally attacking him, what they think of this choice. From a rational point of view, like other decisions he has made so far, you cannot honestly support this and believe this is the kind of change he advocated during his campaign.