Trump & Appointees

President-Elect Trump:

With the exception of your appointments that are responsible for the safety of our nation from the outside, the most important are for Secretary of Agriculture, EPA, and FDA. Those three are responsible for the safety of our nation from within in our food supply and for the environment.

Our agriculture system is a train wreck waiting to happen. We are in the process of poisoning ourselves with genetically engineered crops gone wrong and with the very toxic pesticides used with them that follow the crop through various paths to the dinner table. The most widespread pesticide, glyphosate (Roundup), used everywhere in our country has been determined to be carcinogenic by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer, yet the EPA continues to approve its use. The EPA continues to approve even more toxic and dangerous chemicals to spread in the environment. The FDA approval process for genetically engineered crops and now fish is a joke; one controlled by the giant seed/chemical companies. It must stop.

It was just reported that the average life span in the United States has declined for the first time in many decades. I believe it will continue to decline as long as we pursue unsustainable and dangerous production methods of our most critical need: food.

It remains to be seen what your appointees will do. I have concerns.

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About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As part of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest, I have a passion for a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I am also holder of three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science and the environment. I have little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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