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The Man Without a Plan: Romney has No Real Food and Farming Platform

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The election is creeping up on us fast. And while many indicators, from Intrade markets to various academic models to New York Times statistics and public survey expert Nate Silver, seem to predict an Obama victory, there is the possibility (many liberal commentators might say "a probability") that America could elect Mitt Romney.

In preparation, then, it's not a bad idea to take stock of what we know about Romney's food and agriculture policy. Dan Flynn at Food Safety News has already taken to predicting who would staff the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Romney (Hint: It's all former GOP USDA officials and businessmen). The list was purely speculative, with names mostly drawn from members of Romney's current agricultural advisory team. And while there's no hard information out there to tell us who Romney might select to head the agencies that oversee food and agriculture policy, it's worth attempting a review of his policy positions.

Of course, we're talking about Mitt Romney here. The man is running a campaign that's light on policy and light on facts. While his food and ag platform is not quite the blank page that his climate change policy is, there's precious little to be found. There's no rural policy or agricultural policy section on his campaign website. Scouring his website for references to agriculture brings up a "coalition page" called "Farmers and Ranchers for Romney." The top post in this section is entitled "An Energy Blueprint for America" - and it doesn't even mention ethanol! Nor will you find a mention of   food.


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