Served Up: Your Presidential Candidate’s Stance on Food

Guest Post by Jerry James Stone

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Let’s face it—this presidential election has been quite the three ring circus. From building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to Trump’s tiny little man-hands, I’ve enjoyed the whole show along with a bucket of buttery popcorn. Speaking of popcorn, that’s the one topic this election cycle has skipped. No, not popcorn. Food! For the most part, every presidential hopeful has stated where they stand on such issues as GMOs and labeling, but their views haven’t gained the attention of mainstream media as others have. Well, I’ve noticed and here they are served up.

Donald Trump

Speaking of circuses, the GOP frontrunner declared he would stop attending Ringling Brother’s shows because they are phasing out the use of elephants due to animal rights. Plus he also wants to dismantle most government agencies (like the EPA) and even made up ones. It appears that he is anti-GMO, but a lot of his remarks on the technology have been made over Twitter. It’s hard to tell in only 140 characters. The one thing we know for sure about Donald Trump, when it comes to the future of food, is that no one really knows. Not even him.

Ted Cruz

The Texas Senator is a big supporter of GMOs and has gone on record against GMO labeling. “I don’t think the federal government should be mandating labeling that’s not driven by the sciences,” said Cruz during an interview last year. In fact, Cruz is against most regulation of any sort. He has outwardly opposed OSHA, the EPA and its Clean Water Act. He’s even been quoted as referring to the 2014 Farm Bill as the Food Stamps Bill. Chances are, if Senator Ted Cruz is elected president, we won’t know what’s in our food, where or how it was grown, or who even grew it.

Hillary Clinton

During Clinton’s final years as the Senator of New York, she received a decent score from the Humane Society for her animal advocacy. Unfortunately, the candidate also supports GMOs and has some deep ties to Monsanto. However, her stance on labeling is murky. She was part of the Eggplant Caucus that fought to expand farm bill benefits beyond traditionally backed crops. If elected, she wants more funding for beginning farmers and even farmers markets. She also wants to provide increased benefits to farmers who conserve and improve their own farm’s natural resources.  

Bernie Sanders

Senator Sanders has cosponsored several bills on animal welfare with regards to agriculture, and is a strong advocate for their rights, especially when it comes to the treatment of chickens. “It is unacceptable that the top 10% of farms collect 75% of farm subsidies, while the bottom 62% do not receive any subsidies,” says Sanders. But his rural policy is light on details for changing this. He’s not anti-GMO but is a huge supporter of labelling. If elected, I look forward to seeing how the Vermont Senator pulls it all off.

Of course, this is not the first election where the future of food has been grossly ignored. But we are hopeful that once both parties have selected a nominee, food will make its way into the conversation.

 

[1] http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1202864
[2]http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/donald-trump-science-climate-change-vaccines-autism-ebola
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[4] https://climatequotes.wordpress.com/politicians/hillary-clinton/
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[8]https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/video-hilary-clinton-endorses-gmos-solution-focused-crop-biotechnology
[9] http://www.rfdtv.com/story/30151917/compete-transcript-rural-town-hall-with-senator-ted-cruz
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[13] https://berniesanders.com/issues/improving-the-rural-economy/
[14 ]https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/rural-communities/

 

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Veggie Tacos: The Secret Ingredient You Wouldn’t Expect

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Switch up your taco game with a unique vegetarian recipe with an unexpected main ingredient: sweet potato! You’ll be blown away by how they mimic the texture of refried beans, while enjoying the combination of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors all packed into one little taco.SweetPotatoBlackBeanTacos5

Makes about 30 tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 can low sodium black beans
  • 1/2 tbsp red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 20-30 corn flour tortillas
  • 2 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • avocado
  • chunky cherry tomato salsa (previous recipe)
  • fresh cilantro
  • hot sauce (I used Cholula) (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)
  • shredded Mexican cheese (vegan cheese can be used) (optional)

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Directions:

1. Peel and cut sweet potato into 1 inch slices. Steam sweet potato in a large pot until nice and tender.

2. Add cooked sweet potato to a large pot and mash with a fork, leaving the mixture slightly chunky. Add 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans over medium heat. Mix well.

3. Add chili powder, ground cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, minced onion, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Set aside.

4. Warm up corn tortillas on a small skillet over low heat for 10-15 seconds on each side. Top each taco with sweet potato and black bean mixture. Top with shredded lettuce, scallions, chunky salsa, slices of avocado, and fresh cilantro. You can also top with shredded cheese, a squeeze of lime or your favorite hot sauce!

Make it spicy! Spice it up more with pickled jalapeños!

Make it a taco fiesta! Set up a taco bar with lots of different toppings for a taco party!

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