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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Denise O'Brien on prospects for a "secretary of food"

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Like many Iowa progressives, I strongly supported Denise O'Brien
(creator of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network) for secretary of
agriculture in 2006. Still have my O'Brien for Secretary of
Agriculture t-shirt, in fact. Although she fell short in the election,
the sustainable food movement continues to grow, with unprecedented
online and real-world activism about whom the president should appoint
for secretary of agriculture and what policies that person should
implement. Some people think it's time the U.S. had a "secretary of
food" focused on a broader range of interests than the agribusiness
sector. Kerry Trueman asked O'Brien about these efforts and posted her
answer at Open Left. ... "As a farmer of thirty plus years, I am
intrigued by all of the emails, blogs and websites devoted to the
selection of the United States Secretary of Agriculture."

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