Donald Trump Presidency and The Food Industry
President Donald J. Trump is an unconventional politician. Prior to his presidency, he doesn’t have great political experience in any branch of the government. Due to this, he has had a rough start in his first month in the office. It would take him some time and adjustment to know the process of governing the country and implementing laws and orders to the best of his power. Most of his positions in his campaigns have been crystal clear. His stance on immigration, about healthcare, global warming and about his gun rights laws.
There have been many loopholes in his strategies, leading critics and the general public to criticize him in his many political endeavors recently. Despite being so vocal about some of the causes that he believes in, and his wish to implement those laws for the protection of his country, there are some policies that are still not clear. Healthy and safe food is a major part of Americans’ worries. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers has even made natural fruits and vegetables dangerous to eat. The processed meat is also a troublesome factor and has been linked to various diseases in people. On very few occasions, President Trump has acknowledged that problem in our country and has promised to make the situation better.
Mr. Trump has referred to the nation’s regulatory system as “broken”. He has addressed people in charge and called them “unaccountable bureaucrats who know nothing about the people they are regulating.” According to the president, the regulators don’t know anything about the farming industry, and instead, impose laws that are not for the welfare of the American farmers as well as the American consumers. He has promised that he will work along with the congress to reform America’s regulatory system. He will make sure that the cost-benefit tests that are issued are rational and justified before they are adopted. This approach may finally lead to US agricultural professionals being provided much-needed freedom so that they can make their decisions which have the people’s best interest at heart. Moreover, it can provide farmers more financial resources to buy farming equipment that can make their work quicker.
When it comes to GMOs, he has been publically seen favoring the use of technology in food production. Mr. Trump feels that this helps farmers increase the productivity of their crops which has not been seen in the history of this world before. He also wants to eliminate government mandates that are hurting and confusing farmers. He considers biotech labeling to be one of those problems, which in reality is protecting the consumers from making an uninformed decision.
However, the reality is really the opposite. Imposing a regulation like that means affecting a lot of production and the economy. Unless the rule is backed up by thorough research and is valid enough to replace the existing laws, only then can the proposal be reviewed and later set in motion. The only laws that can be put on hold are the ones that had been under consideration to be implemented.
As for the pesticide control, the EPA is reviewing glyphosate, chlorpyrifos, and atrazine. This is because strong evidence has suggested the harmful effects on the human health. They will also be the subject of bigger controversies since there are huge corporations involved, playing a part in its commercialization. However if the government chooses to pursue the issue, there is bound to be a stop on these pesticides, giving the people better food quality and food that is beneficial to their health instead of being harmful.
All of this accounts for the fact that our President is in for playing hardball with the FDA but not with GMO. People’s lives and health should always be the government’s top priority. The Obama administration promoted healthy, organic foods along by choosing to walk the talk. The Trump administration seems to have no plan of action that could benefit the environment or the people in general. His meals choices reflect that he is comfortable with the idea of eating food that contains GMO. This would certainly reflect on his choices of policy. It is up to the people who consume these items to make better choices and make informed decisions.