"When you've paid your debt to society, you need to be reconnected and re-engaged in society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Tom Vilsack on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Tom Vilsack on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Tom Vilsack on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Tom Vilsack on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Tom Vilsack on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."