Watching Food Inc., I was interested in knowing whether food safety standards have changed since the Bush administration and how this became a partisan issue. This is an interesting/upsetting article about Trump’s nominated agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue. Perdue is a climate change denier so is likely not worried about big agriculture affecting CO2 levels, contributing to a water crisis, and leading to soil erosion, etc. He also cut funding for food safety inspections in Georgia two years before a 2008 peanut-linked salmonella outbreak that originated in Georgia. Nine people died as a result of this, and 714 became sick.
In addition to this nomination, Trump has also challenged food safety in a number of other ways throughout his campaign and presidency. In a press release during his campaign, Trump vowed to eliminate “the FDA Food Police, which dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food. The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures and even what animals may roam which fields and when,” the statement continued. “It also greatly increased inspections of food ‘facilities,’ and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill.”
Unfortunately, this is literally the least of our problems with the former reality tv host/potato chip we elected president.