Monsanto Insiders Appointed to Protect Our Food Safety

by Dr. Joseph Mercola

There are an unsettling number of foxes being appointed to guard the U.S. health care and food industry hen houses … foxes that have entirely too many connections to Monsanto, the chemical manufacturer turned agricultural giant that is slowly gaining control over the world's population, one seed at a time.


Bio-tech supporter and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is now the Secretary of Agriculture, an appointment that took place despite massive public outcry. What was needed for an effective Secretary of Agriculture was someone who would develop and implement a plan that promotes family-scale farming and a safe and nutritious food system with a sustainable and organic vision. What we got instead was another politician who has already made room in his bed for the industry lobby. As the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) points out: "Vilsack has been a strong supporter of genetically engineered crops, including bio-pharmaceutical corn."
The biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, named Vilsack Governor of the Year. He was also the founder and former chair of the Governor's Biotechnology Partnership. When Vilsack created the Iowa Values Fund, his first poster child of economic development potential was Trans Ova and their pursuit of cloning dairy cows. The undemocratic and highly unpopular 2005 seed pre-emption bill was Vilsack's brainchild. The law strips local government's right to regulated genetically engineered seed, including where GE can be grown, maintaining GE-free buffers or banning pharmaceutical corn locally. Vilsack is an ardent supporter of corn and soy-based biofuels that have been genetically modified specifically for that use, use as much or more fossil fuel energy to produce them as they generate, and pollute the local water with the excessive herbicides they tolerate. Vilsack's record is one of aiding and abetting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or factory farms and promoting animal cloning. He is widely regarded as a shill for biotech giants like Monsanto - he even reportedly often travels in Monsanto's own jet.

Senior Advisor for the FDA a Former Monsanto VP

Michael Taylor, a former vice president of public policy and chief lobbyist for Monsanto, is the new senior advisor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Who is Michael Taylor? He is the person who "oversaw the creation of GMO policy," according to Jeffrey Smith, one of the leading spokespersons on the dangers of GM foods. Smith continues, "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."[5] The FDA policy referred to is the 1992 GMO policy, which stated: "The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods [genetic engineering] differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way." In reality, there was major concern among FDA scientists that GM foods were in fact different than natural foods, and their creation could prompt unknown and unpredictable health problems. Along with being a key player in the initial pushing of GM foods onto Americans' plates (without any required safety studies), Taylor also oversaw the policy regarding Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH/rbST). Banned in Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand because of cancer risks and other health concerns, rbGH was approved in the United States while Taylor was in charge at the FDA. Smith writes: "Taylor also determined that milk from injected cows did not require any special labeling. And as a gift to his future employer Monsanto, he wrote a white paper suggesting that if companies ever had the audacity to label their products as not using rbGH, they should also include a disclaimer stating that, according to the FDA, there is no difference between milk from treated and untreated cows." Taylor's white paper, which was false as even FDA scientists acknowledged differences in the rbGH milk, permitted Monsanto to sue dairies that labeled their products rbGH-free.

Monsanto "Yes Man," as Under-Secretary of Agriculture

In another ironic turn of events, it's rumored that Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff may be appointed the new Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety -- the top food safety post at the USDA. Wolff declared that labeling products rbGH-free was against the law, and ordered all such labels to be removed from Pennsylvania. Due to consumer demand, Pennsylvania's Governor Ed Rendell stepped in and stopped the ban on rbGH-free labels (although he did require such claims to include Taylor's FDA disclaimer). Jeffrey Smith explains: "Rumor has it that the reason why Pennsylvania's governor is supporting Wolff's appointment is to get him out of the state -- after he "screwed up so badly" with the rbGH decision. Oh great, governor. Thanks." Not only did Dennis Wolff attempt to ban rbGH-free labels, but OCA points out that he has "also worked to deprive communities of the right to ban toxic sewage sludge, factory farms, and GMOs."

Monsanto's Long-Reaching Grasp on the U.S. Government

Clearly, Monsanto -- the world leader in genetic modification of seeds -- has worked its way into varying high-level positions in the U.S. government. Other connections include Sharon Long, a former member of Monsanto's board of directors who was part of Obama's scientific advisory team during the election/campaign.
Monsanto is a very dark cloud hanging over the future of health and food safety in the United States. This powerful entity has already managed so many reprehensible acts it boggles the mind, including:

Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what's known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to "self-destruct." In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year. The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world's food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed onto other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile. If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world would be forced to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply.

What you can do

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