Leaving political parties and biases aside, let the following example be a common sense explanation for challenging the “thinking” of those placed in positions affecting our food sources.
The picture above is Sam Clovis. He is a radio talk show host that studied political science and business administration in college. He is being considered for the position as Chief Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This position is responsible for:
Agricultural Systems and Technology
Animal Health and Production, and Animal Products
Plant Health and Production, and Plant Products
Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment
Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health
Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities
Basing this entire post solely on the Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health aspect of this job responsibility, is it likely a morbidly obese man heavily involved in politics and lacking any scientific background places significant personal value and experience in Food Safety, Nutrition and Health? Would anyone disagree that more qualified individuals likely exist? Why then do we accept sub par individuals as government officials who are responsible for policies that are capable of affecting the quality of our lives? Why are we so detached when it comes to Food Safety, Nutrition and Health? Isn’t the basis of LIFE an emotional topic worth greater consideration?
What’s next? Should we consider appointing the handyman in the following photo (who built this house) a leadership role on the board for establishing building safety codes? He’s as qualified for this position as Mr. Sam Clovis is for the Chief Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Please accept greater responsibility to learn about these TRUTHS and act on them. Our elected body needs to hear your voices! Don’t passively let government make policy decisions based on monetary outcomes rather than health outcomes that directly affect all our lives.
(Side Note: The man in the picture did not build this house. It was used to emphasize the point of this article.)