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The section about her record as UNICEF head doesn't seem to be about her record at all - instead, it's merely certain academics' projection of what she may do. Additionally, it doesn't seem to come from a NPOV at all. Does anyone have actual data on her record? A more complete set of projections?

134.186.104.253 23:12, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

Current Executive Director of UNICEF Veneman a "Disaster"[edit]

Ann Veneman's appointment as Executive Director of UNICEF is disturbing.

In a Nation article, Now Bush is Picking On Kids, John Nichols wrote, "the notion that Veneman would be placed in a position to decide how to feed and care for the planet's most destitute children is every bit as alarming as the notion that Wolfowitz would be charged with providing aid to developing countries." Earlier, Nichols explained why Ann Veneman was "Perhaps Bush's Most Dangerous Cabinet Pick."

The Nation: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=2289

Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0115-04.htm

Maude Barlow: "As a negotiator of NAFTA, (Veneman) helped consolidate neo-liberal policies that plunged millions of children into poverty... A far-right conservative who will put profit for American corporations above the health and safety of the world's children is a disastrous choice to head Unicef." Too Close For Comfort, p. 249

Democracy Now! (video, audio, and transcript): "Agriculture Secretary Veneman's Tenure Marked By Anthrax Scare, Trade Disputes, and Mad Cow Disease"

Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/16/1611229&mode=thread&tid=25

New York Times: "In the case of mad cow disease, there were early accusations that the government was playing down the threat to protect the beef industry. The secretary of agriculture when the first case was found, Ann M. Veneman, was a former food industry lobbyist, her critics noted, and her chief spokeswoman's last job had been press representative for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association."

New York Times: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9C0CE4D61730F935A15750C0A9609C8B63 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Reuben Apple (talkcontribs) 03:57, 18 February 2007 (UTC).

Career section[edit]

I deleted this paragraph:

Veneman was mentored by R Lyng of the American Meat Institute. Critics say that her policies at USDA are those that butchers wish, that she had been a proponent of animal agriculture with its consequent animal agony, disease, and pollution.

It seemed to be NPOV, unclear, and unsourced.

134.186.129.16 23:23, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Addendum: the same author added another paragraph in the same vein, similarly unsourced:

Critics believe that Veneman throughout her career at USDA muzzled truth about Mad Cow, as well as Mad Pig, Mad Chicken, Mad Fish, and other diseases of animal flesh. She opposed universal testing of mammal cadavers.

I deleted it, too, for being poorly sourced as this is a biography of a living person.

134.186.129.16 23:27, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

I deleted the statement, "...and first Californian..." (to be USDA Secretary). Richard Lyng was a Californian and was Secretary in the second Reagan Administration. 189.216.66.189 (talk) 23:24, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

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Citations and tone[edit]

I have two major concerns about this page. One is there is a lot of unsourced content. The second is the tone. The language is very promotional and there are things about UNICEF which have no stated connection to Veneman. Knope7 (talk) 23:37, 31 March 2017 (UTC)

Portions of the article appear to be lifted directly from Veneman's biographies from her former employers, whcih maybe some of the reason for the improper tone. I also notice the few citations already in the article are primarily from UNICEF or the government. This article needs references to independent sources. Knope7 (talk) 00:04, 1 April 2017 (UTC)