Thursday, November 13, 2008

More on Vilisack and Agriculture policy

Ezra Klein has more today on the subject of Tom Vilisack specifically and the Department of Agriculture more generally,

Our country once needed an agricultural policy. Today, it needs a food policy. The agricultural industry no more deserves a cabinet-level agency than the automotive industry or computing industry. But food is a different issue. An array of federal programs deal with nutrition and food security. Given the federal share of health costs, there's a compelling national interest in aligning public policy with public health. Supply chain safety is a relevant national security concern. Coordination among those competing priorities is important. Agriculture is a part of the equation. But in 2008, it's not the whole of it.

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