Animal agriculture is a huge business in the US.
It generates $5.7 trillion in annual sales and employs 2.3 million people.
And it’s not just the animal industry.
As The New York Times recently reported, the food and beverage industries are responsible for a staggering $1.4 trillion in yearly revenue.
The food and drinks industry is so large, it employs over 40% of the workforce in the country.
The Food and Drug Administration, for example, reports that it is responsible for nearly 70% of all drug and food products that enter the US, with more than 2,500 FDA sites nationwide.
The FDA is currently dealing with the largest recall in US history, with over 3 million people receiving warnings and orders to stop eating certain foods, including the infamous Chicken McNuggets, because of their fat content.
The recall has also brought into focus the food companies’ reliance on a complex food system that relies on genetically modified (GM) crops, including corn and soybeans.
These crops have been genetically engineered to be resistant to some of the major pesticides used to control them.
As a result, they have been blamed for an increasing number of food allergies, as well as more serious diseases.
The US Food and Chemical Toxicology Program (FCTP) has been studying these genetically modified crops since the 1990s, and found evidence that they can cause a number of serious health problems.
A 2014 study published in the journal Science showed that GM corn and GM soybeans are significantly more toxic than conventional varieties of corn and that the effects of GM corn have been shown to increase the risk of kidney and liver damage.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in April released a report called “Food- and Agriculture-Related Illnesses and Illnesses in Humans, Plants and Animal Products: A Critical Review,” which concluded that GM crops were not safe.
The report noted that “in all likelihood, a significant number of GM crops may have adverse health effects, including adverse effects on the microbiome, the human genome, the immune system, the endocrine system, reproductive systems, and other biological functions.”
“The US government has repeatedly said that the safety of GM foods has not been established,” NASEM said.
“This conclusion is based on insufficient evidence, incomplete assessment of the effects on humans and animals, and a lack of public or industry-wide understanding of the risks.”
A similar report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that “there is no credible scientific evidence that the presence of GMOs in our food system poses any significant health risk to humans, animals or the environment.”
The USDA has not made any public statements about the Food Safety Modernization Act, which would make it more difficult for food companies to claim that GM foods are safe.
A bill that passed in the House and Senate this week, the Safe Food Safety Act, would give the FDA authority to regulate GM crops, and could be introduced as soon as next year.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has sponsored several bills that would make the FDA’s oversight of GMOs more difficult, told HuffPost that he believes the FDA needs more money to focus on its core mission of preventing foodborne illness.
“We are really going to need more money for our food safety agency to do their job,” he said.
The Senate has voted over the past few years to make food safety funding a priority, but the House has not done so.
This is because many Republicans in Congress are opposed to increasing food safety spending.
In fact, Manchin has criticized the Food and Safety Modernizer Act in the past.
“We have a responsibility to our kids,” he told The Washington Post in 2015.
“And I don’t know that we have a right to say we should put food on the table, we should be allowed to eat food from other people’s plates, and that’s the way that we’re going to have to deal with this.”
Despite these concerns, Manchins bill has garnered a lot of support from his own party.
In June, Republican Sens.
Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R.UT) introduced the Safe Foods Act, the first legislation to raise the agency’s budget and mandate that it spend $50 million a year on food safety.
But despite the fact that many Republicans support increased food safety oversight, the legislation has not received much support from Democrats.
“It’s not clear that the Republicans are prepared to get that money, but I think it’s something that would be a big help to them in the long run,” Adam Winkler, the director of the Center for Food Safety at the Mercatus Center, told The Huffington Report.
“It could really help us deal with some of these issues that are out there.”
The FDA currently oversees more than 100 food safety agencies in the United States, including FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Food