Tom Vilsack Speaks on Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Forest Health and Budget Priorities

In this short clip from last year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, Ray Suarez talks with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about forest health and management, the nation’s response to natural disasters, and the reality of climate change. Watch the full interview on FORA.tv Climate Change, Budget to Blame for Natural Disasters from The Aspen Institute on FORA.tv Related articles Last year costliest on record for natural disasters…

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Monsanto’s Mutant Alfalfa and the Feral Pig Invasion

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) Agribusiness giant Monsanto is strengthening its hold over the food system both in this country and abroad, with some help from the U.S. government. Food safety advocates have been trying to derail the roll-out of the company’s newest product, Roundup Ready alfalfa, or at…

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Restoration and Conservation New Goals for U.S. Forest Management

Both environmental and timber industry leaders praised Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plan for overhauling how the U.S. Forest Service manages the nation’s forests. The plan focuses on forest conservation and restoration.