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September 19, 2011

Monsanto lobbiest appointed to FDA

It's one of those familiar stories in today's politics where the fox is hired to watch the hen house. Michael Taylor has moved back and forth from private industry jobs to government regulatory agencies. Mr. Taylor has worked for Monsanto in several different capacities and for the government where he pushes Monsantos agenda.

Here's the back story.

"When FDA scientists were asked to weigh in on what was to become the most radical and potentially dangerous change in our food supply -- the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods -- secret documents now reveal that the experts were very concerned. Memo after memo described toxins, new diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and hard-to-detect allergens. They were adamant that the technology carried "serious health hazards," and required careful, long-term research, including human studies, before any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could be safely released into the food supply.

If GMOs are indeed responsible for massive sickness and death, then the individual who oversaw the FDA policy that facilitated their introduction holds a uniquely infamous role in human history. That person is Michael Taylor. He had been Monsanto's attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA. Soon after, he became Monsanto's vice president and chief lobbyist.

This month Michael Taylor became the senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. He is now America's food safety czar. What have we done?" says Jeffery Smith.

Some are saying Mr. Taylor had a change of heart and now is ready to do his job with the FDA. But one of his opinions is that more responsibility should go to local and state governments and in this current recession, none of these agencies has the funds to really do an adequate job.

THe revolving door of industy lobbiest to federal czar is really disturbing. i can't imagine that Obama couldn't find and hire an competent lawyer that doesn't have the taint of Monsanto connection, change of heart or not.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 19, 2011 7:39 AM
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