Seems that Iowa’s Tom Vilsack, the pick in question, has close ties
with Monsanto, top villain in the world of sustainable agriculture. (And for good reason, like their misdeeds with seeds. You don’t even have to be solidly anti-genetic modification to hate this company, given their success in ruining small farmers.)
The Organic Consumer Organization lists six reasons that Vilsack’s appointment is a "terrible idea".
Here in the NY Times another concern is addressed – that of Vilsack’s possible allegiance to corn subsidies.
Ethicurean is aware of the biotech and corn issues but doesn’t seem as alarmed.
Me, I’m prone to cut Obama a lot of slack, though I share the concerns and look forward to hearing Vilsack address these issues in his confirmation hearings.