FROM JOSH VIERTEL, PRESIDENT, SLOW FOOD USA:
In these final days before President Elect Obama makes his selection for Secretary of Agriculture, we urge you to spread the word to your members about a petition they can sign to express their support for dynamic and sustainable choices for the post.

The petition lists six suggestions, including Gus Schumacher, Former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Slow Food leader Neil Hamilton, the Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University.

You can find the petition here: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/.

Even if the new administration doesn’t pick one of the listed candidates, signing the petition sends a strong message that we want a good, clean and fair food system and that we expect our new administration to make choices that support that vision.

More information is available at these links:
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/slow_food/blog_post/take_actio...

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/foodies-make-a-pi...

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