"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."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Tom Vilsack on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Tom Vilsack on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Tom Vilsack on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Tom Vilsack on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Tom Vilsack on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"The food pyramid is very complicated. It doesn't give you as much info in a quick glance as the plate does."