We need an independent, in-the-streets and in-the-voting-booth, power to the people movement, using a mix of tactics, coming together and working together, supporting each other, basing our actions on love, showing the world that we are going to righteously oppose all the many retrograde and unjust, sexist, racist and pro-the-1% actions that Trump and the ultra-right will be undertaking. – Ted Glick, November 9, 2016
And so it begins. Future President Trump (who won the electoral college—but lost the popular vote), is looking to surround himself with corporate cronies to help “lead” our country.
America’s new Climate-Denier-in-Chief has appointed Myron Ebell, a leading climate skeptic, to run the EPA transition working group, and possibly head up the agency under a Trump administration. Just what we need, given the latest sobering predictions, published in today’s London Independent newspaper, that unless we reverse course immediately it may well be game over for Planet Earth.
To lead the USDA transition team? It's been reported that Michael Torrey, a leading junk food industry lobbyist, will have that role. Torrey's lobbying firm represents the likes of American Beverage Association, Dean Foods, the Illinois Soybean Association and pizza franchise Little Caesars, according to Politico.
And who will advise Trump on ag policy? Industry titans from Big Ag and Big Dairy top the short list.
Given that industrial agriculture is the number one culprit in global warming, deteriorating public health, rural poverty, and environmental destruction, none of these choices bode well.
We have a long road ahead of us. We can, and will, continue to work on changing public policy. But under any administration, and especially this administration, we will to need to do so much more. We will need to use our purchasing power. We will need to bring all of our movements together, to strategize, to boycott, to march in the streets, to show the corporate-owned powers that be that we won’t let them ruin our health, poison our food, pollute our waters, bankrupt us with their wars and drive us over the cliff with their ignorant and willful business-as-usual strategies.
This isn’t just about food or GMOs anymore. We need all of the movements that are struggling on their own to come together as one. And we need to do it now.
This is our mission. Now, more than ever, we will need your help.
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