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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Goes to Bat for Monsanto, Sides With Conservative Justices

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 14, 2010 - 10:27am

Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the United States and Monsanto wants to control it. On April 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could well write the future of alfalfa production in our country.

Fortunately, for those who are concerned about the potential environmental and health impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not yet residing on the bench.

Obama State Department Official Pledges to Confront Global Biotech / GMO Critics

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 13, 2010 - 10:36am

 The U.S. State Department will aggressively confront critics of agricultural biotechnology as the United States seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change, Jose Fernandez, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, told several hundred attendees from around the world at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual convention last week in Chicago.

Childhood Obesity Task Force Unveils Action Plan: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 12, 2010 - 12:17pm

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11 - Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes and members of the Childhood Obesity Task Force to unveil the Task Force action plan: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces 2010 'People's Garden' Summer Programs for the General Public

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 11, 2010 - 11:12am

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced "The People's Garden" healthy garden series summer program with a full range of programming for both kids and adults. The Healthy Garden Workshops will primarily be for adults, while the Growing Healthy Kids will be offered for young people.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Small, Socially Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 11, 2010 - 12:42am

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting grant applications to assist small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and cooperatives in rural areas.

 

“Helping small agricultural producers better market their products creates economic opportunity and these grants will help small business owners add profit and efficiency to their operations so they can grow and create jobs,” Vilsack said.

 

Vilsack: Rural America Faces a 'Silent Crisis'

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 2, 2010 - 7:51am

BY Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade

 

WASHINGTON — Rural America is in a “silent crisis,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said at the Cosmos Club on Monday. It is a crisis that, if left unchecked, could have consequences far beyond the countryside.

 

”There is not an appreciation for the role (farmers) play in our economy,” Vilsack said.

 

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