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Obama Appoints Former Monsanto Vice President as FDA Food Safety Czar

By Fred Burks | Examiner | Nov. 23, 2010

Obama cornFormer Monsanto vice president Michael Taylor may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history. Yet he has recently been appointed by Obama to be the U.S. food safety czar. It looks like we have yet another case of the fox guarding the hen house.

The safety of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in the public food supply has been hotly debated in Europe. As a result, labeling laws have been enacted there to allow consumers choice in the matter. Yet in the U.S., the powerful agriculture lobby, which is dominated by Monsanto and a few other mega-corporations, has managed to keep the GMO debate out of the media spotlight and thus out of public awareness.

Respected researcher Jeffrey Smith has worked tirelessly on this vital topic to report what the media has failed to cover. Below are excerpts of his comments regarding the recent appointment of the FDA's new food czar.

FDA scientists were asked to weigh in on ... 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.

But the biotech industry had rigged the game so that neither science nor scientists would stand in their way. They had placed their own man in charge of FDA policy, and he wasn't going to be swayed by feeble arguments related to food safety. No, he was going to do what corporations had done for decades to get past these types of pesky concerns. He was going to lie.

That man was Michael Taylor. He was Monsanto’s attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA in 1991. Not long after leaving the FDA in 1994, he became a Monsanto vice president and its chief lobbyist. Now, as of last month, he is back again as the FDA's new food czar. Like so many other similar positions, it's been a revolving door between big business and government.

If you read the FDA's announcement of Taylor's appointment as FDA commissioner at this link, you will not find any mention of his work with Monsanto. He is introduced there as "a nationally recognized food safety expert and research professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services."

If you read Taylor's bio on the website of George Washington University available here, you will see mentioned that he once worked as Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Corp, yet you will read nothing about his avid support of GMOs, nor the fact that his private law practice mentioned in the bio was largely in service to Monsanto.

Many had hoped that the more progressive Obama administration would not be as swayed by the deep pockets of mega-corporations as was the previous Bush administration. Sadly, it's too often turning out to be the same old story. Obama is repeatedly being more influenced by big money than by what's best for the public. For lots more on the serious danger of having Monsanto's Michael Taylor as U.S. food czar, read Jeffrey Smith's well researched article available here.

For a powerfully revealing video exposing the blatant corruption of Monsanto and their push to control the seed market and inject GMOs into the vast majority of our food supply, watch the excellent documentary The Future of Food at this link. For the sake of your own health, you will be glad you did.

The box immediately below provides several ideas on what you can do to educate yourself and spread the word about the health dangers of GMOs and of having former Monsanto execs in charge at the FDA. We also invite you to comment below and let us know what you think. How can we keep big business from endangering the health of the public?

What you can do:
  • Read other powerful, reliable articles on hidden dangers to your health at this link.
  • Inform your media and political representatives of this important information. To contact those close to you, click here. Urge them to pass legislation putting public health ahead of lobbying dollars and to require labeling of GM food.
  • Read Jeffrey Smith's powerfully revealing 10-page summary on the cover-up of GMO dangers and more at this link. Lots of excellent footnotes for verification are included.
  • Read concise summaries of revealing media reports on health cover-ups available here.
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  • Spread this news to your friends and colleagues, and bookmark this article on key news websites using the "Share This" icon on this page, so that we can fill the role at which the major media is sadly failing. Together, we can make a difference.


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