Has the organic industry lost its sympathetic ear in Washington?

| | December 2, 2016
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Donald Trump moving into the White House will mean a very different regulatory environment for Big Organic.

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For an industry that had scored some major regulatory wins against industrial agriculture over the past year, the election results mean the tide will soon be turning.

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…Republicans on the Hill are already investigating how food-safety rules are made, and multiple committee chairs are questioning the role biased researchers and regulators play in deciding whether the government issues authorizations farmers are waiting on.

The new president-elect, of course, has … promised to ditch antibusiness environmental regulations. …

Another issue for the organics lobby is whether they will keep their influence with federal regulators. Activists within the government have been suspected of tampering with regulatory findings in ways that have helped pro-organic groups, holding up authorizations and hurting traditional farmers. …

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…With [Congress] digging deeper and a Trump White House reshaping the EPA, organic groups are going to have a hard time pushing ahead with their anti-biotechnology and anti-pesticide agenda. For all the time and money Gary Hirshberg poured into the Clinton campaign to help him demonize industrial agriculture, he’s lost his sympathetic audience in Washington.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Organic foods lost big in this election

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