The election last month of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president surprised most political watchers, who gave him low odds of winning. But examined in the light of the eight-year cycle of alternating presidential leadership between the two parties dating back 35 years (with the 1988 election of George Bush being the lone exception), it’s less surprising that President-elect Trump was this election’s opportunity for voters to make yet another change.
Any trip to a supermarket or restaurant these days would suggest that many safe, effective, science-based and common practices in agriculture are on a collective collision course with expectations down the food chain about how food “ought” to be produced. That clash is what led to the new federal law on the disclosure of GMOs in food products. The same pressures are being felt when it comes to how livestock are handled and housed, as companies move to source cage-free eggs and stall-free pigs.