If we’re ever going to have food and farming policies that support organic regenerative farmers, ranchers—and consumers—we’re going to need someone leading the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) who supports those policies.
Unfortunately Joe Biden’s team is already headed in the wrong direction. In fact, the Biden campaign hosted a veritable “pesticide party” at the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
On Tuesday, August 18, corporate lobbyist Philip Karsting, who is also chair of Biden’s rural advisory committee, hosted a DNC event sponsored by the worst agribusinesses, including numerous pesticide and genetically engineered seed companies and trade groups.
Who was on Karsting’s DNC pesticide party invite list? Corteva (a spin-off of DowDupont), Bayer, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and CropLife.
If that weren’t bad enough, Biden is said to be on track to appoint Heidi Heitkamp, businesswoman, lawyer and former senator of North Dakota, to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Isn’t it about time a real organic regenerative farmer took the helm at the USDA?