Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

If there were any doubts about President Trump being in bed with the biotechnology industry spearheaded by Monsanto, those doubts can be firmly put to rest.

The Trump administration will attack overseas regulations that restrict the export of GMO crops and other products resulting from American technological innovation, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer at the first meeting of a newly created interdepartmental task force on rural America (link insertion by author). “We are going to bring cases at the WTO and other venues, we’re going to insist that any barrier be science-based, and the United States will increase exports,” he said. (

“Science-based” is pro-industry jargon created by the biotech pushers. What this term has come to mean is anything but “science-based.” It represents propaganda put forth to fool the public into believing that false claims of safety disguised as scientific fact invented by the biotech industry to promote sales of genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) and their associated pesticides/herbicides is legitimate science. It is not.

President Trump’s executive order creating the task force directed it to look for legislative, regulatory, and policy changes that promote agriculture, including those that “advance the adoption of innovations and technology for agricultural production and long-term, sustainable rural development.” The order identified 13 areas for examination. First on the list is removing “barriers to economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America.” Second is the advancement of agricultural technology.

Lighthizer said one of the top priorities for his office is the removal of trade barriers that cannot be defended scientifically. Exports generate 20¢ of each dollar of U.S. farm income. If other countries unfairly block U.S. exports because of the technology behind them, he said, “there is a reluctance to incorporate that technology into our own production at home.”

U.S. officials routinely urge other nations to approve commercial sales of biotech crops. In the past couple of years, China has been accused of dragging its feet on the approval of new U.S. GE strains. Corn prices in this country fell when China rejected more than 1 million tonnes of U.S. corn earlier this decade because the cargoes included an unapproved GMO variety from Syngenta. In a class-action lawsuit currently under way in Kansas City, farmers have blamed Syngenta for selling the seed, approved by U.S. regulators, before it was cleared by China for import. (

In other words, if other countries reject our GMO exports, that hurts American business, and we can’t have that. It doesn’t matter if what we export is poisoning children and adults as well, buy it or face a fight. And all this is promoted as a means to help rural America.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who chairs the task force, said rural America lags urban areas in recovering from the 2008–2009 recession. One in four rural children lives in poverty, the highest rate in three decades, he said. “The president understands that prosperity and recovery have not been uniform. … We’ve got technology issues, we’ve got infrastructure issues, we’ve got health issues.”

One in seven Americans lives in rural areas. “We understand that rural development is not urbanization,” said White House agriculture adviser Ray Starling. The task force, he said, will focus on “taking what we have in rural areas and making it more prosperous.” (

Prosperity built on the backs of forcing America and the rest of the world to accept Monsanto’s and the rest of the GMO industry’s poison. Yeah, that’s how to make America great.

©2017 Barbara H. Peterson

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8 Responses to “Trump to Force Toxic GMOs on other Countries”

  1. susan says:

    All of government is ignorant on gmo’s, especially the lawyers who benefitted from monsanto welfare and then became FDA czar such as mike taylor who was also responsible for writing all gmo policy in 1990-1991. He worked as attorney for monsanto and as its major lobbyist through government appointment.

  2. 7. 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?

    Farm Bureau supports biotechnology in food production and opposes the mandatory labeling of foods which contain ingredients derived from biotechnology.

    Mike Huckabee: Yes.

    Jeb Bush: Yes. Biotechnology has provided healthier crops and increased yields. It’s improved the farm sector’s bottom line and allowed America to feed a hungry world. I oppose labeling. We should not be making it harder for that kind of innovation to exist. We should celebrate it.

    Donald Trump: Yes.

    Carly Fiorina: Yes.

    Ted Cruz: Yes.

    Marco Rubio: Yes.

    Rick Santorum: Yes. There is no reason, scientifically, to label a product that is nutritionally the same.

    Rand Paul: Yes.

  3. I beg to differ: Response to the Iowa Farm Bureau regarding his support of GMOs was a resounding YES. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

  4. JMH says:

    Note that Trump has made no comment on GMO’s so it’s a bit early to say he wants to poison the world. If you go back over time you will notice that he listens to all views, including opposing ones, and then decides appropriately. Eg. He met with Al Gore to discuss global warming, Al left with a warm glow of satisfaction, but Trump went ahead with removing the US from the Paris accord. Don’t rely on the media to predict what Trump will do. They’ve been getting it wrong during the whole of his campaign – what makes you think they suddenly understand him? Also, you get the Trump-haters who look for every fault. Is he perfect? No way! But he’s not the monster they depict either. Remember he’s having to battle a corrupt deep state that wants to destroy him. If Hillary had one we would be at war with Russia right now.

  5. Sherry says:

    I believe President Trump is VERY ignorant on how dangerous GMOs actually are. If he was up on everything he wouldn’t eat all the junk food he does. McDonald’s is his favorite I think…Ewww.

    Send him information on it and hopefully it will do some good in waking him up.

  6. George H. says:

    Hey Europe, welcome to your NEW AMERIKAN MADE HELL. Yep, you can now have the new “science based” Amerikan technological innovation (poisoned) gmo crops, to go along with your glyphosate poisoned land. Yesiree Bob, in the old days we’d call that THE DOUBLE WHAMMY: Glyphosate AND gmo crops. Wow, and all of this on top of the millions of refugees pouring into your sorely beleaguered countries, because of Amerika’s REGIME CHANGING PERPETUAL WARS. So, listen up (you vassal states of the EU) you better learn your lesson, and mind your manners, or the US (Monsanto) will take you to the WTO and rub your noses in it. Hahaha, just remember what’s important here, your trifling concerns (boo hoo) about your family’s health, or THE NWO AND MONSANTO’S PROFITS. Thank you Donald Trump.

  7. Karla says:

    Let’s bury all our #gmos !