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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Secretary Vilsack hailed as the "New Champion of Local Food"

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

... The Obama administration's Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has become an articulate spokesperson for local foods. Said Vilsack, "There is, I think, a movement in the country where people are very interested in knowing where their food comes from." "There's a disconnect between the food that we eat and our awareness of where it comes from," Vilsack said. "We think it comes from a grocery store. It doesn't. It comes from family farmers across the country working hard every day." Speaking about the potential health benefits of locally grown food, Vilsack said. "As we focus on health care, and as the health care debate focuses more specifically on prevention and wellness, people are going to be exceedingly interested in fresh food and food that's nutritious."

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