You had to admire the marketing genius behind George Ball declaring 2011 "The Year of the Vegetable" in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece
last month. Ball is, after all, chairman of the W. Atlee Burpee Co.
, purveyors of fine seeds and plants. But the time is right; there's a feeling in the air. Daniel F. Akerson
could declare it "The Year of the Internal Combustion Engine" until he was literally blue in the face and he would not get any traction.