Guest writer for Wake Up World
Sometimes you read or hear someone in a position of power say something so illogical and narrow-minded that it really helps to crystallize just why the United States is in such dire straits when it comes to health. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently made such a statement.
As reported by Politico: There’s been a lot of griping from some corners about the impact of large-scale industrial agriculture on the environment and its sustainability, and Vilsack is tired of it. In remarks to the GreenGov Symposium … the secretary said critics of conventional farming should understand the role they play in that system as consumers. “Americans spend about 10 percent of their income on food, thanks to the U.S. agricultural system, while residents of other developed countries spend 20 percent. For those in developing countries, the outlay is 50 percent. As a result of U.S. farmers and the efficiencies of large-scale farms, Americans have more money in their pockets for things like housing, education and luxuries like vacations”, Vilsack said. 
In other words, shut up about sustainability and just be happy there’s plenty of cheap food to be had.
What’s so crazy about a statement like this is the miniscule view it takes on a subject that has extraordinarily vast ramifications for human health, today and in future generations.
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