By: Center for Food Safety
In yet another attack on science, President Trump has nominated Sam Clovis — an Iowa radio talk show host with no scientific or agricultural background and a history of making racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks — to be the chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Clovis is an admitted climate change “skeptic”, saying that climate science is “junk science” and “not proven.” The Center says that farmers need USDA to help them address and adapt to a changing climate, not stick its head in the sand. We all know agriculture has a big role to play in being a solution to climate change, but that won’t happen with Clovis at the helm of scientific research.
The position Clovis has been nominated for oversees a budget of nearly $3 billion and is responsible for agriculture and natural resource issues. The Farm Bill requires that the person in this position be a scientist, stating that the nominee “shall be appointed by the President . . . from among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” The Center and other Washington ‘think-tank groups’ say, “He’s not an agricultural scientist, nor is he an agricultural economist. In short, he is simply not qualified for this position.”
To make matters worse, Clovis has a history of making racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks. Clovis has made racist remarks about former President Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and Van Jones, among others; sexist remarks about House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and all Democratic women; and compared protecting marriage equality and LGBTQ rights to protecting pedophilia.
The USDA proclaims that is serves farmers of all races, genders, and sexual orientations but this appointment goes against that spirit says the Center for Food Safety. They are urging all farmers to contact their members of the U. S. Senate to vote against the appointment of Sam Clovis to this critical position.