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Culinate Newsletter December 17 08

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

 Today I was planning to write about the petition that nearly 55,000 people signed to encourage President-elect Obama to choose a reform-minded secretary of agriculture (or even a secretary of food). This morning's news? Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, has been chosen to fill the post. 

 Disappointingly, Vilsack wasn't one of the candidates suggested by the petition. For more on Vilsack, read Bonnie Powell's post about him on The Ethicurean or Tom Philpott's latest missive on Grist.

 While there's no secretary of food in Obama's cabinet, there's an opportunity for those of us who care about food policy to rally and continue to lobby for our interests. Here's another petition to check out and, I hope, add your name to. There's little there to disagree with.

 Kim Carlson
 Editorial Director

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story1text: In Unexplained Bacon this week, Matthew Amster-Burton explains hard cider, a quintessentially American beverage.
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story2text: Zanne Miller gave her traditional Christmas Eve feast a decidedly local spin, substituting Dungeness crab for lobster in marinara sauce.

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