Trump nominee Sam Clovis: 'As far as
CNN - Trump nominee Sam Clovis: 'As far as we know' homosexuality's a choice, 'logical' LGBT protections could lead to legalization of pedophilia
Trump infrastructure push rolls back
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.
Stephen Bannon Is Out
New York Times -
Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday.
EPA WELCOMED INDUSTRY FEEDBACK BEFOR
The Intercept - EPA WELCOMED INDUSTRY FEEDBACK BEFORE REVERSING PESTICIDE BAN, IGNORING HEALTH CONCERNS
Saturday was Donald Trump's worst da
Saturday was Donald Trump's worst day as president. And Monday didn't help.
Trump's DOJ Picks Food Fight With NY
Trump's DOJ Picks Food Fight With NYC Over Calorie-Display Law
6 Trump Administration Climate Claim
6 Trump Administration Climate Claims Exposed As Total Nonsense By Federal Report
There’s actually no “tremendous disagreement” among federal climate scientists that humans are to blame for accelerated global warming.
60 Percent Drop in Fines Shows Corpo
60 Percent Drop in Fines Shows Corporate Polluters Have Little to Fear From Trump
"President Trump campaigned on a promise of 'law and order,' but apparently law enforcement for big polluters is not what he had in mind."
Emails: USDA employees suggest remov
An email obtained by CNN advised Natural Resources Conservation Service employees to avoid the term "Climate Change" and to instead use "Weather Extremes." Instead of "Climate Change Adaptation," the recommended terms include "Resilience to Weather Extremes." Rather than "reducing greenhouse gases," the emails suggest: "Build Soil Organic Matter, increase nutrient use efficiency."
Trump tries to erase climate change
The Trump administration wants to bury mention of climate change not because doing so will make it easier to talk about the problem with farmers, but because the administration has decided that the problem is simply not a priority.
Feinstein: Trump immigration plan ba
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is warning that an immigration plan backed by President Trump would be bad for agriculture.
Senate Democrats take on Trump
Senate Democrats take on Trump, introduce bill to ban pesticide linked to brain damage.
Farmworkers and children are most at risk.
Trump just nominated a climate chang
President Trump on Wednesday nominated Sam Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host who has challenged the scientific consensus that human activity has been the primary driver of climate change, to serve in the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post.
The Trump Administration’s False Pro
According to a recent article, the Trump Administration intends to increase pressure on Europe and China to accept food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). An Administration task force has been set up to advance these goals, despite a history of European resistance and caution in China.
Trump’s First 100 Days of Cozying Up
Center for Food Safety - As of April 29th, Donald Trump has held the office of president for 100 days. It is ironically fitting that his 100th day in office coincided with the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. and sister marches around the world. Many of the Trump administration’s actions so far indicate that the next four years are going to be a long row to hoe for those of us at the frontlines of protecting our food, farms, and environment
What Trump has done for, and to, the
Yahoo News - During his first 100 days in office, the brash and unpredictable president has been following through on his campaign promises to bolster the oil, coal and natural gas industries and reverse the eco-friendly policies of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
One Big Legal Obstacle Keeps Trump f
Scientific American - One Big Legal Obstacle Keeps Trump from Undoing Greenhouse Gas Regulation. The Supreme Court backed a federal rule that CO2 emissions endanger health, and the White House is having trouble working around it
Perdue is Confirmed
CFS Press Release - Perdue has strong ties to and long-time investment in corporate agribusiness, and has been responsible for the massive expansion of factory-farm poultry operations in his home state. Perdue accepted over $950,000 in campaign contributions from Monsanto and other food and agribusinesses during his political career in Georgia. His confirmation hearing was delayed by nearly two months, in part because of a lengthy inquiry into 13 ethics complaints against Perdue dating from his
Pesticide maker tries to kill risk s
AP - Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump's Cabinet agencies.
Perdue’s nomination for ag secretary
Food Safety News - The Senate agriculture committee approved former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as the 31st secretary of agriculture Thursday, sending President Trump’s nominee to the Senate floor for confirmation.
Trump's EPA undoes effort to ban pes
LA Times - Trump's EPA undoes effort to ban pesticide linked to nervous system damage in kids
Trump takes hammer to climate plans
USA Today - President Trump signed an executive order on American energy independence executive order Tuesday, rolling back the Obama administration's aggressive attempts to reduce carbon emission through the Clean Power Plan rule.
Farm Conservation Funding on the Cho
Civil Eats - Farm Conservation Funding on the Chopping Block.
Trump’s Budget Would Set Food System
Civil Eats - Trump’s Budget Would Set Food System Progress Back Generations. A “mean-spirited” budget proposal would cut key programs supporting farmworkers, ag communities, fresh-food access for low-income Americans, and pesticide safety.
Trump’s Agriculture Pick Has Some Se
Huffington Post -
Donald Trump’s Agriculture Pick Has Some Serious Ethics Issues, Too
USDA secretary nominee Sonny Perdue’s record is raising concerns, but probably won’t stall his confirmation.
Even deeper cuts for EPA
AXIOS - The Trump Administration, in fact, is now discussing making even deeper cuts to the EPA, according to a source privy to the White House's internal deliberations. Senior Trump officials consider the EPA the leading edge of the administration's plans to deconstruct the administrative state.
Trump Wants To Dismantle The Clean W
Huffington Post -
Trump Wants To Dismantle The Clean Water Rule. Here’s What’s At Stake.
The drinking water of 117 million people, many threatened species and industries from farming to manufacturing could be at risk.
Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Cli
Bloomberg - New York says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change while he was Exxon Mobil Corp.’s chief executive: Wayne Tracker.
E.P.A. Chief Doubts Consensus View o
New York Times - Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Thursday that carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with the established scientific consensus on climate change.
Trump’s Climate Views: Combative, Co
New York Times - Wind turbines are clearly one of Mr. Trump’s favorite things to hate. This tweet is typical of more than 100 from Mr. Trump attacking wind farms as hideous bird slaughterers; he has claimed they kill more than a million birds a year. He also fought efforts in Scotland to build a “really ugly wind farm” offshore from the Trump International Golf Links Scotland resort in Aberdeen.
Trump selects Scott Gottlieb as FDA
CNN - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Scott Gottlieb, a conservative physician with deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry, as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a White House official said Friday.
These creatures faced extinction
Washington Post - These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.
Dem worries Trump will interfere in
The Hill - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) voiced her concerns over any interference by the president in the government's review of the pending $66 billion merger between the agrochemical company, Monsanto, and the pharmaceutical giant, Bayer.
Trump Wants To Skewer Food Programs
BuzzFeed - President Trump Wants To Skewer Food Programs. Here’s What That Means For Everyday Americans
Billions in proposed cuts to the Department of Agriculture would slash or eliminate several key food and nutrition services, and potentially jeopardize food safety.
Ethics Questions Dogged Agriculture
New York Times - Ethics Questions Dogged Agriculture Nominee as Georgia Governor. In Sonny Perdue’s telling, Georgians were growing weary of the corruption and scandals in their state when he took over as governor in 2003 — a time when he gave his own version of a “drain the swamp” pledge.
Waters of the U.S. Rollback Signals
Civil Eats - Waters of the U.S. Rollback Signals Livestock Industry’s Bullish Approach Under Trump. The recent executive order is just one example of the livestock industry's ongoing attack on “burdensome regulations.”
Trump to propose 24 percent cut in E
The Hill - The Trump administration plans to propose a one-forth cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, a plan that would end up laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staffers, according to reports.
VICTORY: Puzder withdraws
New York Times - Andrew Puzder Withdraws From Consideration as Labor Secretary.
Leaked Audio: Trump Cares About Food
Gizmodo - Leaked Audio: Trump Cares About Food Safety But Only If the Food Is Foreign
Trump Plans to Begin E.P.A. Rollback
New York Times - Trump Plans to Begin E.P.A. Rollback With Order on Clean Water
"We Will Never Stop"
"We Will Never Stop": An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration
“What type of nation are we?"
Iowa farmers to appeal after losing
AgriPulse - Iowa farmers to appeal after losing Dakota Access pipeline challenge.
EXPERTS WARN TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION CRA
Vanity Fair - EXPERTS WARN TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN COULD DESTROY THE U.S. AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY.
The High Cost of Cheap Labor
Modern Farmer - At least half of all farmworkers in the United States are undocumented Mexican immigrants. And “documentation” often dictates inclusion in a guest-worker program that’s been compared to slavery. Americans avoid these jobs, yet elected a president who promised mass deportation. There’s a crisis brewing in our fields, and it’s about to get much, much worse.
Five Food and Agriculture Rules Caug
EcoCentric - Five Food and Agriculture Rules Caught Up in Trump's Regulatory Freeze
Trump wants to roll back Obama’s Cle
Vox.com - Trump wants to roll back Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Here’s how he’ll do it.
With this Congress, the Endangered S
LA Times - With this Congress, the Endangered Species Act itself might be endangered. Elections have consequences, as the saying goes, and here’s another one arising from conservative Republicans taking complete control of the federal government: The Endangered Species Act, which played a significant role in saving the bald eagle and the California condor from extinction, is now itself endangered.
OK AG Releases Pruitt Emails
Center for Media and Democracy - As a result of an Open Records Act request and lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, on Tuesday night the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office released a batch of more than 7,500 pages of emails and other records it withheld prior to Scott Pruitt’s nomination as EPA Administrator last Friday.
Why It Matters What Trump Eats
Huffington Post - Why It Matters What President Trump Eats
Nutrition experts are glad the Trumps will keep the White House garden, but they fear food policy will wither under the meat-and-potatoes president.
New EPA head Scott Pruitt's emails r
The Guardian - New EPA head Scott Pruitt's emails reveal close ties with fossil fuel interests. Documents suggest former Oklahoma AG followed lobby group’s guidance on challenging environmental regulations, and put letterhead to oil firm complaints more than once.
Imported Foods Sicken Lots of People
Mother Jones - Imported Foods Sicken Lots of People. Trump Is Unlikely to Fix That.
Recess of Resistance
CFS Blog - Recess of Resistance: Town Hall Toolkit & Trump Watch. This week is the first congressional recess of Donald Trump’s presidency, and for many, it will be the first opportunity to speak directly with your members of Congress. During the recess, members of Congress will be working in their home districts, and many of them are holding town hall meetings, events, and open office hours.
We Know What The Country Looks Like
Huffington Post - We Know What The Country Looks Like Without The EPA: Filthy
Climate Change Denier Scott Pruitt t
CFS - Climate Change Denier Scott Pruitt to Head EPA Despite Major Public Opposition. Today amid controversy and public outcry the Senate voted to confirm vocal climate change denier Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt sued the EPA several times to stop vital protections for public health and the environment.
Pruitt's EPA will lead to more toxic
The Hill - Pruitt's EPA will lead to more toxic chemicals in our food and farms. Even if Scott Pruitt hadn't been confirmed this week as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrator, Republicans are already easing the restrictions on coal mining and rolling back regulations intended to keep our streams pristine and healthy.
Trump undertakes most ambitious regu
Washington Post - Trump undertakes most ambitious regulatory rollback since Reagan. President Trump has embarked on the most aggressive campaign against government regulation in a generation, joining with Republican lawmakers to roll back rules already on the books and limit the ability of federal regulators to impose new ones.
The Restaurant Industry Prepares for
Civil Eats - The Restaurant Industry Prepares for the Trump Era.
Trump signs transparency rule repeal
Huffington Post - Trump signs repeal of transparency rule for oil companies. President Trump signed legislation Tuesday to repeal a controversial regulation that would have required energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments.
5 possible futures for the EPA
Vox.com - 5 possible futures for the EPA under Trump. Donald Trump has long talked about reining in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is in charge of enforcing federal laws on air and water pollution. It’s a top priority for his supporters in the fossil-fuel industry.
"Dark Forces" Are Coming for Your Or
Mother Jones - "Dark Forces" Are Coming for Your Organic Food. So says the former Obama USDA appointee who helped create national organic standards.
Now Trump's Going After bees
Mother Jones - The administration just delayed endangered status for a bumblebee species that's on the brink of extinction.
Fast-Food Workers Are Protesting
The Nation - Fast-Food Workers Are Protesting Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee
Trump orders 2-for-1 on regs
New York Times - On Monday, Mr. Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to scrap two regulations for every one they institute on small businesses. In its first week, his administration suspended 30 environmental regulations issued under President Barack Obama. And Myron Ebell, who oversaw the agency’s transition team, suggested recently that the E.P.A.’s staff may soon be reduced by as much as two-thirds.
Pruitt Abandoned Environmental Prote
Inside Climate News -
EPA Pick Pruitt Abandoned Environmental Protections in Oklahoma, Lawyers Say.
Legal experts say Scott Pruitt did not pursue enforcement of environmental laws in favor of industries that were also among his biggest political donors.
Food policy under Trump
Civil Eats - Like most things, food policy in our country is in flux. President Trump hasn’t said much about the topic directly, but he has taken a private meeting with executives from Bayer and Monsanto, whose pending merger would reshape the global agrochemical and seed industry.
Sonny Perdue: USDA
The Hill (Opinion) - Sonny Perdue won't offer much promise for the future of our food system
Trump delays bee listing
The Verge - Federal protections for the first bee species to be listed as “endangered” in the continental US have been blocked, one day before they were due to go into effect.
Women’s March on Washington
CFS Blog - For the Farmers: Women’s March on Washington
Trump’s Hiring Freeze
Huffington Post - The president’s early actions have created uncertainty for the country’s scientists, and could be standing in the way of important research.
Trump targets "food police"
Salon - Trump targets “the FDA Food Police,” calls for elimination of food-safety regulations in new tax plan
How Sonny is Our Future?
CFS - How Sonny is the Future of Our Food and Environment?
Public Interest in Exile
CFS Blog - As Trump Takes Office, the Public Interest Is in Danger of Being Exiled
Trump’s EPA Pick
The Atlantic - Trump’s EPA Pick Is Skeptical of More Than Just Climate Change. As Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt sued the federal government to prevent rules about air and water pollution from taking effect.
Can Sessions be trusted?
CFS - Consumer and Environmental Groups Praise Klobuchar, Question if Sessions Can be Trusted on Antitrust Enforcement