After months of speculation, a pattern is beginning to emerge for the Donald Trump administration, and it’s not a promising one for fans of organic and non-GMO food. In fact, it’s starting to look a lot like the Barack Obama administration’s one-sided promotion of GMOs.
According to a new report from the Washington Post, a new spending bill from the government will require the FDA to launch a massive multi-million dollar “public information campaign,” one that many are calling propaganda, to promote genetically engineered (aka modified) foods from Monsanto, Bayer, and other similar companies.
Considering that these Biotech companies already spend millions of their own money on promoting GMOs in order to prevent growing consumer rejection of foods containing the crops, the news comes as more than a mild surprise to say the least.
FDA To Fund $3 Million Campaign to Promote GMOs
Thanks to a bipartisan agreement to keep the government funded through the end of September, the FDA will now fund a campaign to promote GMOs, the Post article said.
The article adds that environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth have roundly opposed the measure, which will cost over $3 million to sell the general public on Monsanto’s GMOs.
The post says it’s merely a “speck” of the FDA’s annual $2.8 billion budget, but considering consumers’ growing rejection of the crops it makes little sense, opponents say.
“This is a really clear example of big ag influencing policy,” said Dana Perls according to the article, the senior food and technology campaigner for the environmental group Friends of the Earth. “The Trump administration is putting big ag before consumer desire and public health … Consumers do not want this.”
While the Trump administration has already showed its hand as far as its promotion of GMOs in the form of the president’s recent executive order believed to be pushing for additional support for the crops by easing regulations, the new bill takes things a step further by showing public support for GMOs, which are banned in nearly 40 countries worldwide including most of Europe.
Rep. Nita M. Lowey also spoke out about the measure last month in an attempt to have it stricken from the bill.
“It is not the responsibility of the FDA to mount a government-controlled propaganda campaign to convince the American public that genetically modified foods are safe,” she said.
“The FDA has to regulate the safety of our food supply and medical devices. They are not, nor should they be, in the pro-industry advertising business,” she said during a congressional hearing according to the Post article.
For more information on the measure, check out the full article by clicking here. It’s also well worth noting that the article was originally titled ‘The Government is Going to Try to Convince You to Like GMO Foods,’ but was later changed, prompting the organization GMO Free USA to wonder whether industry influence was a factor in changing the headline.
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