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Donald Trump Unveils His Agricultural Committee — And Supporters of Organic Food are NOT Happy

By On November 14, 2016

 

When it comes to healthy, truly natural organic and non-GMO food, is Donald J. Trump on our side, pro-establishment, or somewhere in the middle?

Trump makes headlines with just about every single Tweet or social media post, but one in particular back in October 2015 was especially interesting:

#BenCarson is now leading in the polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP

This particular post, which came via Nicolas R-V, a French-American executive producer and filmmaker with the Twitter handle @mygreenhippo, was retweeted by Trump’s account. But it was later said to have been done by an intern and deleted.

Aside from the Monsanto retweet that made national headlines, Trump has been mostly quiet in regards to his stance on GMOs. So, where does he stand? Unfortunately, a recent spate of what critics say are pro-Biotech appointments may shed some light.

Trump Makes Surprise Approvals to Committee

While his top opponent in the 2016 presidential race Hillary Clinton is a true blue supporter of both fracking and GMOs among other environmentally destructive practices, a Trump presidency comes with its own serious concerns.

According to this article from the website Food Revolution.org, Trump officially went on record as being in support of GMOs and biotechnology in a questionnaire from the Iowa Farm Bureau.

When asked, “Do you support the use of biotechnology in food products and oppose efforts to require mandatory labeling for foods simply because they contain ingredients derived from biotechnology?” Donald Trump reportedly answered: “Yes.”

Now, a series of recent appointments to the Agricultural Advisory Committee is adding even more concern to possible pro-GMO leanings (A complete list is available at the Trump Campaign’s website and can be viewed by clicking here.)

Notable appointments are:

Pat Roberts: The architect of the infamous, recently passed and democracy destroying DARK Act along with Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Charles Herbster: A Nebraska cattle-breeding company owner as well as the owner of another company that sells chemicals and fertilizers, Herbster is the pick of Trump to chair his Agricultural Advisory Committee. He’s a major funder and member of the Ag America steering committee, joining Monsanto and DuPont among others.

Trump has also included large-scale pork and beef producers, as detailed in the Food Revolution article here. Other notables on the list of more than 60 include Rodney Davis, Congressman from Illinois; who is also the House Agriculture committee and Subcommittee Chair of Bio Tech.

The list also includes representatives from huge soybean, egg and corn producers as well, most of which utilize GMOs regularly in the creation of their products.

The full list is notably absent of organic or small farmer representation and is heavily titled in favor of large agribusiness representatives.

And in the press release itself, the Trump administration’s rhetoric sounded an awful lot like something out of a Monsanto PR rep’s mouth:

“Mr. Trump understands the critical role our nation’s agricultural community plays in feeding not only our country, but the world, and how important these Americans are to powering our nations economy,” the release said. The “feeding the world” narrative is one that is routinely pushed by Monsanto and Biotech companies despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary (see here and here).

For more information, check out the full list by clicking here. If you’d like to speak in support of organic and small farmers or leave a comment in general, you can click on Trump’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Photo via Donald Trump for President, Inc.