The Trump administration last week unveiled a $16 billion bailout for farmers who have suffered during the president's trade war with China.

But food writer Corby Kummer believes that, despite the aid, the administration's trade policies have inflicted lasting damage on the American agricultural industry. Kummer is a senior editor at The Atlantic, an award-winning food writer, and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy.

"The president has taken a wrecking ball to the nation's farmers," Kummer told Boston Public Radio Tuesday.

Kummer explained that Trump's tariffs have prompted China — one of the industry's biggest customers — to reevaluate its contracts for American products like corn, soybeans and pork.

"What has [Trump] done by putting these tariffs on U.S. soybeans? He's made China concentrate on the fact that they've been way too reliant on U.S. agricultural crops," Kummer said.

Kummer believes it may difficult for U.S. producers to rebound.

"They've lost their contracts. They've lost their profit margins. This is permanent damage to U.S. farmers," he said.