Trump and the clean food movement: Will biotech grow while natural health suffers?

President-elect Donald Trump and the clean food movement show signs of a disconnect that bodes ill for those of us committed to natural health and diet.

Biotech stocks soared on the news that the President-elect had appointed Mike Pompeo (R-Kans) as head of his administration’s CIA. Because…

Two years ago Pompeo introduced the misnamed ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,’ otherwise known as the ‘Deny Americans the Right to Know Act,’ or’ Dark Act.’

The Dark Act is also known in the natural health circle as the ‘Monsanto Dream Bill and the ‘Monsanto Protection Act.’

This federal bill prohibits states and localities from requiring labeling laws listing GMO ingredients and will preempt laws in three states—Vermont, Maine and Connecticut—that have already voted for labeling.

So much for state sovereignty and food freedom to know and choose.

The federal bill also allows labels that say ‘natural’ to contain genetically modified ingredients, as well as all kinds of other tricky things we have written about earlier.

“Far from draining the swamp,” laments Andrew Kimball, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, “Pompeo is the ultimate swamp creature.”

An additional dark cloud over  Trump and the clean food movement is the probable selection of Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and the Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to lead the transition at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ebell represents the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the largest food and beverage corporations in the country.

And crony capitalism at the EPA may get even cozier. Apparently Ebell has never met a pesticide he didn’t like.

Ebell’s pending appointment is happy news for the agrichemical industries. His group’s website champions the safety and benefits of chemicals used in agriculture and elsewhere.

Research that indicates harm is disdainfully discounted as not good science.

Amazingly, 64 countries beg to differ.

They have or are in the process of refusing GMO products from the U.S.—including Russia, China and Saudi Arabia.

Apparently those governments want their people to have nutritious, unpolluted, old-fashioned whole food instead of the Standard American Diet.

A theory is circulating that Trump, as a businessman with lots of campaign promises to fulfill, will be alarmed at so many countries not wanting  U.S. major exports of GM corn and soy.

And it will really get sticky when the tremendous amounts of GM corn and soy by-products in U.S. processed food is analyzed by those food purists in other countries.

Trump and the clean food movement—will they ever merge and gain validity in the game of politics and profits?

At this stage we can only watch and hope.