Slimming down USDA
During his second month in office, President Trump said he wanted a top-to-bottom reorganization of the federal government to streamline its operations and eliminate unneeded programs.
Early whispers from the project said USDA would become a much smaller operation, with food stamps moving to a renamed “welfare” department that would oversee major safety net programs.
Food stamps and other public nutrition programs, such as school lunch, account for more than 70% of USDA spending.
Less clear was the future of USDA’s meat inspection agency, the USDA role in regulating genetically engineered crops or the Forest Service. The FDA oversees most of the food supply at present, three agencies – FDA, EPA, and USDA – share authority over GMOs, and the Interior Department is in charge of the lion’s share of federal land.
The idea behind federal reorganization is attractive; replacing a snarl of overlapping programs and agencies with clear lines of responsibility. The goodgovernment impetus often flounders in political turf battles and the inertia of large bureaucracies.
FDA oKs GMO golden rice
After a review of research data, the FDA agrees with the developers of Golden Rice that the GMO variety is safe to eat. Developed by the International Rice Research