"If you think of what food is, it's the energy we use to do our daily work. I want people to know about the USDA. This is a very important department. It's not fully appreciated as such."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Tom Vilsack on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Tom Vilsack on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Tom Vilsack on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Tom Vilsack on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Tom Vilsack on Benjamin Franklin
"In his first year in office, President Obama pulled us back from the brink of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and worked to lay a new foundation for economic growth. The president identified three key strategies to build that lasting prosperity: innovation, investment, and education."
"In the past 40 years, the United States lost more than a million farmers and ranchers. Many of our farmers are aging. Today, only nine percent of family farm income comes from farming, and more and more of our farmers are looking elsewhere for their primary source of income."
"The lack of access to proper nutrition is not only fueling obesity, it is leading to food insecurity and hunger among our children."
"Somewhere between 50 to 60 percent of the food you eat has been touched by immigrant hands, and it is fair to say some of them are not here as they should be here. But if you didn't have these folks, you would be spending a lot more - three, four or five times more - for food, or we would have to import food and have all the food security risks."
"Local and regional food systems are about opportunity."