Thomas J Vilsack
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Our government plays a large role in our diet, particularly since the US Department of Agriculture oversees our country’s food safety systems and sets the nutritional guidelines. Thomas Vilsack, USDA secretary, is a key player in how we perceive and consume food. Vilsack has worked to help support economic recovery by focusing on agricultural infrastructure and renewable energy sources for farms, and he has prioritized the nation’s fight against childhood obesity, teaming up with Michelle Obama on programs designed to raise awareness of the importance of exercise and nutrition.