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Obama selects Vilsack as Ag. Sec., Salazar as Sec. of Interior

The suspense is over.  President-elect Barack Obama this morning announced his selection of Tom Vilsack as his new Secretary of Agriculture and Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior.  The selections received mixed reviews, as many commenters on last night's New York Times post criticized former Iowa governor Vilsack as a friend of corporate agri-business.  Others characterized Vilsack as "pro-GMO (genetically modified foods) and pro-biofuels." Salazar is also receiving criticism by some environmentalists, while mining and oil representatives praise him as "not an ideologue."  One thing is sure:  It appears Obama did not heed the advice of author Michael Pollan and NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof, both of whom urged the president-elect to appoint a "Food Secretary" which could reform and revamp current agriculture policies, encouraging smaller, organic farm practices. 

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