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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monsanto running the Food and Drug Administration

In a world full of megalomaniac corporations, Monsanto stands head and shoulders above the rest.  Monsanto is poisoning the world’s food supply with their genetically modified  Frankenfoods.  And the company doesn’t even want the public to know whether or not they’re buying Frankenfood (officially known as genetically modified organisms, GMO).

Monsanto’s cutthroat business practices have driven thousands of small farmers to suicide (mostly in India).  The list goes on and on.

And now, in the most grotesque example EVER of hiring the fox to guard the henhouse, President Obama has appointed a former Monsanto executive to be the senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner.  Michael Taylor was a vice president — and after that a lobbyist — for Monsanto.  His resumé includes pushing Monsanto’s GM bovine growth hormone (rBGH) onto the public.  Monsanto not only wanted the public to be kept in the dark about whether the milk they purchased contained rBGH.  Monsanto also threatened legal action against any milk company that advertised that their milk DIDN’T contain rBGH.

And now this murderer is in charge of protecting our food and drug safety?!?!?!

If you would like President Obama to appoint somebody NOT connected with Monsanto to be in charge of our food and drug safety, please sign this petition.

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I just spent nearly an hour trying to learn more about Taylor, with very limited success. Couldn't learn much about Frederick Ravid, who wrote the piece at the petition page, either.

What would you think about a West Point grad, an Army guy, who had a long military career, led some big campaigns, retired from the Army and went into education and later, into politics? Would you expect him to be a war hawk, gung ho to send bombers and troops to anyplace where there was trouble?

Well, that describes Dwight Eisenhower, who as a presidential candidate famously said, "I will go to Korea," meaning he intended to break the logjam with the North Koreans that kept that highly unpopular, no-win war going, seemingly endlessly. He became president and promptly ended the fighting. (Officially, it was only a cease fire; there has never been a formal end to the war.) Eisenhower is also famous for his farewell address, a landmark statement warning of the military-industrial complex and the danger of getting us into ill-advised wars repeatedly.

My point is that simply because of his former employment, and the word of one critic who offers no links or documentation, only innuendo, I can't be sure Taylor is a bad guy. And, I'm not prepared to consider the guy guilty until proven innocent, strictly on the basis of hearsay from one person who offers only Taylor's career background, not anything the man has said or done at FDA.

I'm very concerned about excessive dosing of animals with antibiotics, and about factory-farming practices. It's not clear to me from what I was able to find out that Taylor doesn't share that concern.

February 8, 2012 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Nice job. I signed the petition and passedit on, too. Monsanto SUCKS BIG TIME!!!

February 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Generally I'm against prejudging people because of their careers or who they worked for. But Monsanto is an exception. If it's possible for a corporation to be evil, that would be Monsanto. I've seen a lot of articles over the years about that company (and written a few posts as well).

"I'm very concerned about excessive dosing of animals with antibiotics, and about factory-farming practices. It's not clear to me from what I was able to find out that Taylor doesn't share that concern."

I'd like to be open-minded about this, but I can't imagine a former Monsanto vice president and Monsanto lobbyist losing sleep over factory farming and feeding antibiotics to livestock.

February 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jack: Thanks. I guess our comments crossed in the mail, so to speak.

February 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I would agree with you there SW but who did Obama put in charge of cleaning up the banking mess? Timothy Gietner did little to straighten out our financial mess because he fought Obamas' ideas tooth and nail. And why you may ask? Because Tim was a wall street boy who was part of the problem in the first place.

Even if Taylor is honorable you think the right won't just gut the agency as a benefit for big business? Gad I saw that first hand with the EPA in my own profession.

February 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

see a pattern here? Jeff Immelt, Richard Cordray,Solyndra,Geitner and not to mention he always felt confident to ask John Corzine for financial advice.

February 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Demeur: Yup, the right will try to gut every federal agency they don't like, using the fox-guarding-the-henhouse method. But a former Monsanto VP being in charge of the FDA, that's just too blatant for words.

Lisa: Richard Cordray, former Attorney General of Ohio -- how is this a conflict of interest for him to be overseeing the financial industry?

February 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monsanto has a highly placed former Staff Attorney named Clarence Thomas


February 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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February 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Tom if liberals and the media vetted their own candidates just half as much as they do republicans they would never win.

Cordray has a scandalous record of taking money from lawyers who profit from private litigation So in reality President Obama’s liberal regulator appears to be neck deep in a pay to play scandal with trial lawyers.

February 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I had no idea about Clarence Thomas and Monsanto. And yet it's not a bit surprising.

February 9, 2012 at 12:35 AM  

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