Francis Thicke has racked up a slew of amazing endorsements from the Food/Ag Visionary Hall of Fame: Michael Pollan, Bill McKibben, Robert Kenner, Jim Hightower, Wes Jackson, Fred Kirschenmann, Wendell Berry. PLUS Democracy for America, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Sierra Club, Senator Tom Harkin and the Iowa State Daily. A full dozen!
Couple that with this week’s fantastic press, and we’ve got MOMENTUM! We are so stoked, we just have to do a little bragging and share the entire dozen with you, right here, right now.
1. MICHAEL POLLAN – Best-selling Author of Omnivore’s Dilemma
“For the food movement, the most important election this year may be Francis Thicke’s in Iowa.”
“The triumph of a reform candidate like Francis Thicke would demonstrate to Washington that a change in agricultural policy would, in fact, be welcome in much of the farm belt and that legislators who purport to represent farm states by simply blocking reform more closely reflect the interests of agribusiness than that of their own constituents.”
2. DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA
“Francis Thicke is a true visionary, and a leader in sustainability. Having been involved in agriculture as a farmer, scientist, and policy maker, Francis knows what needs to happen to make farming more profitable and to grow local economies. At the same time, Francis knows that the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture is responsible for making sure the food that goes on the plates of Iowans is safe. It’s not often we see candidates who will stand up and fight the special interests. Let’s send Francis Thicke to Des Moines for a sustainable, more democratic Iowa.”
3. BILL McKIBBEN – Environmental writer and founder of 350.org
“Iowa has always focused the nation’s agricultural vision. We need Francis Thicke to help frame a bright new vision, right here in the middle of the Heartland.”
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4. ROBERT KENNER – Director and producer of Food Inc.
“Francis Thicke has a vision of how our agricultural system can work that will benefit our communities, our farmers and the consumer. He is a game changer who can fix our agricultural system.”
5. JIM HIGHTOWER – Fomer two-time Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, author, columnist
“In Iowa’s election for Secretary of Agriculture, the choice couldn’t be clearer. On one hand you’ve got Francis Thicke who has worked as a dairy farmer for 27 years, selling his products locally and actually building the economy. On the other hand, you’ve got Bill Northey who has led a team that invested $1 million in Brazil’s ethanol production. In a world where money talks, maybe Bill Northey should be running for Secretary of Agriculture in Brazil.”
6. WES JACKSON – Founder of the Land Institute.
“When one combines a scholarly understanding with on-the-farm practice, it’s hard to beat.”
7. IOWA FARMERS UNION
“The word ‘sustainable’ has been co-opted by various groups, but Francis demonstrates that he understands the word’s true meaning in his vision for agriculture and on his own farm. He places importance on community – selling his value-added products to a local market and hiring a higher number of local residents than is typical for small farming operations. He places emphasis not just on environmental stewardship, but actually improving the resources that we have so richly been given in Iowa, rather than degrading them to make his living.”
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8. FRED KIRSCHENMANN – Professor Emeritus, The Leopold Institute at Iowa State University
“Thicke’s vision for Iowa agriculture is informed by his own experience as a farmer and by his academic study and research. We have the opportunity in the decades ahead to design an agriculture that can be more economically, socially, and ecologically resilient. That is the future to which Francis has dedicated himself – and so should we.”
9. WENDELL BERRY – Writer, Farmer and “poet laureate” for sustainable agriculture
“I think we need people who take agriculture seriously for a change, and I trust Francis Thicke to take it seriously.”
10. IOWA SIERRA CLUB
“Francis Thicke has shown during his time on the Environmental Protection Commission, and in his own farming practice, that he is committed to sustainable agriculture and family farms. Francis understands both the farmers’ needs and science behind the agricultural technologies. He is a true environmental champion who not only supports environmental issues, but also leads the fight to protect Iowa’s environment.”
11. IOWA STATE DAILY – The ISU student newspaper (psss…this is a top AG university)
“Thicke is a man who sees a problem with the current state of agriculture in Iowa. It’s not sustainable enough, it’s not green enough, and it’s far too dependent on foreign oil.
“Thicke is running on a platform of solutions to these problems, and we were impressed with the specificity of these solutions. Thicke is one of those politicians with a very real plan for very real action to be taken to solve a very real problem.”
12. TOM HARKIN – US SENATOR, IOWA
“I’m very enthusiastic about Francis Thicke. If people knew the difference between Francis and the incumbent (one-term Republican Bill Northey), there would be no doubt in my mind that he would blow them away.”
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We have an incredible opportunity to elect an organic farmer who will stand up for everyday Iowans right in the heartland of agribusiness. A chance to influence the national discussion on food and farming. With your help we can do this! Let’s elect Francis!