Neil Young Slams Trump at FarmAid: 'I Love America... There's Nothing Here That Needs to Be Made 'Great Again'

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on Sept. 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut.  

Neil Young took to the stage at the 33rd FarmAid benefit on Saturday (Sep. 22) with a performance combining music and activism. At the benefit, which supports family farmers, Young spoke about supporting family farms and independent small businesses between songs.

“When you see a farmer's market, just stop and go in and get to know them and buy something. Buy something good. Don’t buy the shit you get at Safeway. Buy something that’s really safe… All the crap you get in these big stores is not good. It’s got a lot of chemicals in it and it kills the earth,” Young said. 

Family farmers are currently facing significant economic pressure due to the domination of corporate farms in the market. Young released a concept album in 2015 called The Monsanto Years that criticized the American agrochemical giant and his comments at the weekend benefit came after Young slammed president Donald Trump at a press conference earlier in the day.

"I'm a Canadian, I can't vote," said Young, 72, a self-described Libertarian who was born in Toronto and supported Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election. "I've been called a lot of things by this dickhead in the White House, but I am a Canadian, and I love America. There’s nothing here that needs to be made ‘great again."

Young founded Farm Aid in 1985 with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. The three were inspired by Bob Dylan's comments at another benefit, where Dylan said he hoped some of the money raised would help American farmers struggling to pay their mortgages.


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