URGENT CALL TO ACTION TO STOP VILSACK APPOINTMENT

24 Dec

Please share this information immediately!

You may think that you are “just one person” but the fact is that many  of us “just one persons” can turn the tide. United we are a mighty force to be reckoned with.

Keeping people such as Tom Vilsack out of positions of authority is critical to the evolution of our planet.  We must speak up. This is no time to sit back and think that “the other guy” will handle it. More people voted recently in the U.S. election than have for a very long time in our country’s history. The many taking action have elected the first Afro-American President. Now let’s hold him accountable to be the fair, caring visionary leader he has promised us to be.

Stop Tom Vilsack from getting more authority and learn what this man does and understand the outcome and effects he has. Know what his agenda is, be informed. He is not going to help mankind in resources and food.

PLEASE SIGN AND SPEAK UP, STOP THIS.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/t/8516/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1783

Get involved. Help President-elect Obama fulfill his promise of returning this country to the greatness of its beginnings. Make your feelings known regarding the danger of this appointment and how counter-productive it is to Obama’s spoken goals. A leader can only be great when they lead from the knowing of what they’re people want.

Pleaase check out the Organic Consumer Association website http://www.organicconsumers.org/ 

Your email will be sent to your Senators and the President-Elect’s office

More information below, read further……. 

—– Original Message —–

Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 9:05 AM

Subject: [rawfood-222] sign petition against obama’s pick for sec of agriculture – we all need to get involved!! and pls forward

Friends,

In spite of 20,00 e-mails from organic consumers and, in apparent contradiction to his announcement that he wants an organic garden at the White House, Obama has chosen Tom Vilsack, a strong bio-tech proponent supporting genetically engineered crops, cloned animals, etc., to run the Department of Agriculture.

As you will see below, Vilsack is truly Monsanto’s boy. He pre-empted the local votes of towns and counties who had voted to disallow GE seeds! 

It’s still possible to block Vilsack’s confirmation with a massive support of the petition drafted by the Organic Consumer Association. It’s easy to sign on at this link:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1783

or from the Organic Consumer Association website http://www.organicconsumers.org/vilsack.cfm

Your email will be sent to your Senators and the President-Elect’s office. 

The article below gives further details. PLEASE POST THIS TO YOUR E-MAIL LISTS! 

Thanks!

Gerhard Bedding, OpEdNews 

Original Content at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Vilsack-is-not-just-totall-by-Linn-Cohen-Cole-081218-394.html 

December 18, 2008 

Vilsack is not just totally pro-biotech, he is committedly anti-democracy By Linn Cohen-Cole.  Excerpts from this article, chosen by Gerhard Bedding: 

Vilsack, according to The Organic Consumer’s Association, was named Governor of the Year by Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the biggest pro-genetic engineering lobby in existence. Why? Not for nothing. Because he’d championed local transgenic R&D corporations like Trans Ova, which clones cows. Vilsack was also the founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership. Vilsack speaks for biotech. He is the man who helped wipe out the local votes of many towns and counties who had voted not to allow genetically engineered seeds.

http://haphazardgourmet.blogspot.com/2008/11/tom-vilsack-emerges-as-frontrunner-for.html 

OCA names six reasons Vilsack was a terrible choice:

* Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s support of genetically engineered pharmaceutical crops, especially pharmaceutical corn:

http://www.gene.ch/genet/2002/Oct/msg00057.html

http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/drugsincorn102302.cfm 

* The biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, named Vilsack Governor of the Year. He was also the founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership.

http://www.bio.org/news/pressreleases/newsitem.asp?id=200

* When Vilsack created the Iowa Values Fund, his first poster child of economic development potential was Trans Ova and their pursuit of cloning dairy cows.

* Vilsack was the origin of the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, which many people here in Iowa fought because it took away local government’s possibility of ever having a regulation on seeds- where GE would be grown, having GE-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc. Representative Sandy Greiner, the Republican sponsor of the bill, bragged on the House Floor that Vilsack put her up to it right after his state of the state address.

* 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. An activist from the west coast even made this youtube animation about Vilsack

[The airplane in this animation is a referral to the controversy that Vilsack often traveled in Monsanto’s jet.]

*Vilsack is an ardent support of corn and soy based biofuels, which use as much or more fossil energy to produce them as they generate, while driving up world food prices and literally starving the poor. 

“Vilsack lobbied hard to get seed pre-emption bills into state legislative bodies, beginning in 2005. These bills seek to control the use of seeds on the state level, and thus deny local communities (and small farmers, and even backyard farmers) the power to establish their own regulations for protection from genetically engineered seeds. If seed pre-emption bills become law, citizens will not be able to regulate where genetically engineered crops are grown, the creation of GE buffer zones, or the banning of pharmaceutical crops, among other things. The use of seeds becomes entirely regulated by government, and opens the door to human and plant exposure to every adverse effect of genetically engineered crops. –And simultaneously ruins biodiversity, because once transgenic seeds prevail, there’s no going back. Seed pre-emption bills have been introduced in sixteen states, and the battle is ongoing. But Vilsack has been one of the chief architects of looming biodiversity disaster, and there’s no reason to believe he’d halt his love affair with genetic engineering and Big Ag just because he’s working for Obama.”

http://haphazardgourmet.blogspot.com/2008/11/tom-vilsack-emerges-as-frontrunner-for.html 

Philip F. Incao, MD

Steiner Holistic Medicine

This message was sent by rawgirl Ariane from The Chicago RAW food COMMUNITY!!!. (http://rawfood.meetup.com/222/)

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One Response to “URGENT CALL TO ACTION TO STOP VILSACK APPOINTMENT”

  1. DARREN January 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

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