Like most countries, farming has played a critical role in the economic success and survival of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was an advocate of the farmer, and believed that the self-sufficiency derived from small, family farms was key to avoiding the inequalities surfacing in the manufacturing cities in Europe. At the time of Jefferson, more than 80% of Americans were farmers.
Today, the industrialization of the American agriculture system has put most family farms out of business. Regulatory agencies, government policies and farmer subsidies currently favor agricultural chemical companies and their products, giving rise to GMO and chemical-intensive monocrop megafarms.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for evaluating the potential harm from chemicals to human health, and has incorrectly stated that there is no evidence that glyphosate poses a danger of negative health effects.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an enormous agency that oversees agricultural policy implementation, nutrition research and marketing of US agricultural products.