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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Don't hold your breath, Secretary Vilsack

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I was struck by this passage in a Sunday Des Moines Register feature on Iowans in key posts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture: ... "Vilsack 'made this very creative argument on how during the eight years of the Bush administration, the Europeans would lecture us on how we had to bring our citizens along and educate them on the science of climate change. He turned that around and said, 'You know, you've got a similar responsibility on biotech'' Michener said." That certainly is a "creative" analogy. Getting Americans on board with serious policies on climate change may be our only hope for avoiding a catastrophic global warming scenario. Gaining European acceptance for
genetically-modified crops has no comparable global benefit (no, these crops won't magically end world hunger).

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