As if denying us water isn’t enough, the Trump budget also puts our food supply in peril.
So says Elizabeth Grossman in Civil Eats:
“Regardless of who you voted for, no one voted for dirtier water, dirtier air, or less-safe food, and that’s exactly what we’ll be getting with the president’s budget,” said Colin O’Neil, Environmental Working Group’s director of agriculture policy.
…The proposed budget reduces research grants and entirely eliminates the EPA’s endocrine disruptor screening program, which began its actual testing work in 2009 by investigating the hormonal effects of 67 active pesticide ingredients, including those in the widely used pesticides atrazine, chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate.
“To shift resources away from the science that provides evidence-based policy making is really frightening at this time when there’s increasing evidence that pesticides are harming children’s neurodevelopment,” said Schafer. “It’s irresponsible.”
…These cuts would also make it harder for farmers working to make the transition to organic agriculture, said Lovera—at a time of growing demand for organic food along with increasing evidence that heavy pesticide use may actually be undermining food security [Elizabeth Grossman, “Trump’s Budget Would Set Food System Progress Back Generations,” Civil Eats, 2017.03.23].
Less healthy food, less water… but hey! At least we’ll have a big, beautiful wall to keep those darned Mexicans from coming and harvesting our crops and milking our cows… a wall paid for not by those Mexicans but by $18 billion in cuts to our own domestic programs.