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This reminds me of the Bush Administration. From an Organic Consumers Association Action Alert (Hat Tip: News from the Underground):

Genetically modified foods are not safe. The only reason they're in our food supply is because government bureaucrats with ties to industry suppressed or manipulated scientific research and deprived consumers of the information they need to make informed choices about whether or not to eat genetically modified foods.

Now, the Obama Administration is putting two notorious biotech bullies in charge of food safety! Former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor has been appointed as a senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on food safety. And, rBGH-using dairy farmer and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff is rumored to be President Obama's choice for Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. Wolfe spearheaded anti-consumer legislation in Pennsylvania that would have taken away the rights of consumers to know whether their milk and dairy products were contaminated with Monsanto's (now Eli Lilly's) genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).

Having a former Monsanto lobbyist as a adviser to the FDA Commissioner on food safety poses dangers that go beyond genetically modified foods. Chemical companies like Monsanto make all sorts of toxic crap. Talk about a conflict of interest.

Putting industry lobbyists in regulatory positions was one of the most common corrupt acts of the Bush regime. I know Obama is more about continuity with Bush than change, but we should try to push for as much change as possible.

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5 comments

  1. Christopher Says:
  2. I have to tell you, I no longer think we will ever see the day when lobbyists are out of Washington.

    Once, long ago, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, that day would come, but I see now how naive I was to think it could happen.

    Democrats, Republicans -- what difference does it make?

     
  3. Thanks for the chance to take some action. I wrote a post a long while ago about Vilsack and the AGRA position kind of reeked of impending trouble then. Any opportunity to try and at least jam their mailboxes is welcome. Its been so long since i posted on my blog..however i am in a lather about health care , and using Facebook a bunch ?! - working on ENDA too. So much to do. And the point for me is to never stop caring. No action is too small. So thanks for this work you do GLH.

    yours in the struggle PPTG

     
  4. two crows Says:
  5. thanks for the petition site, libhom.

    another travesty I think is happening: the propaganda that organic food is no better than the pesticide-laden, trekked-across-the-country, engineered dreck available on most shelves.

    gigo is true for computers but not for our bodies? I'd be rotfl if it weren't so tragic.

     
  6. you know, maybe we can force these clowns to eat only the stuff they approve.....

    i wonder how they would feel

     
  7. GDAEman Says:
  8. Christopher is right about Dems and Reps, which is why I've started the blog Challeng the Establishment. If you want to contribute, contact me at GDAEman at Yahoo dot com.

    As for genetically modified food, food safety issues are of less concern to me. I'm far more concerned about the potential for ecological catastrophe, the loss of genetic variety (the monoculture issue), and the tightening grip of corporate power.

    The Office of the President has been captured by the establishment... actually, was set up by the establishment in the US Constitution.

    Keep it coming!

     

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