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Rejection Of Candidate For Iowa Sustainability Center Criticized

The rejection of a candidate for an Iowa State University position has come under scrutiny by critics who imply it bends to pressure from big agriculture.

Cows out to pasture

Photo: Something For Kate

Iowa State's president prefers the Leopold Center's director "walk the middle ground."

Iowa State University administrators have rejected a strong candidate for directorship of their Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Ricardo Salvador was an unofficial favorite of the advisory board in charge of the appointment due to his high profile in the sustainable agriculture industry and previous professorial experience with Iowa State.

Salvador openly supports the claim that grass-fed livestock is more sustainable than corn-fed. This view opposes the current status quo in Iowa’s agricultural practices.

The rejection has come under scrutiny by critics of the administration, who imply it is bending to the pressures of big agriculture.

Read more: Field of Discord: At public colleges’ sustainability centers, farming groups sow influence (The Chronicle)

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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