kamIt’s going to take time, but slowly our country is getting greener. And last month, Kathleen Merrigan was nominated as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for the United States Department of Agriculture and will work under current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University, is a staunch advocate of organic food and previously served as a board member and chair of the of The Organic Center’s Science and Technical Advisory Council, an organization devoted to the conversion of farming to organic methods and environmental compassion.

Her appointment triggers excitement amongst organic foodies. As chair of the Technical Advisory Council, Merrigan advised universities and researchers throughout the United States on the benefits of organic agriculture and products; via CureZone

At Tufts, she was involved with numerous eco-friendly endeavors, such as the Garden-based Learning Initiative, Green Roof Collaborative, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and the Food Agriculture Organization Organic Research Proposal. Congrats and good luck Kathleen!

In related news, two U.S. senators are petitioning USDA chief Tom Vilsack to amend legislation prohibiting local farm from supplying schools with fresh fruits and vegetables.