China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, countries in the European Union, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India and Chile are just a few of the nations that already require GMO foods to be labeled. As of the date of this blog post, there is not a single U.S. State that has a GMO labeling law.
It is not by accident that the American public is being poisoned by genetically modified foods (GMOs). The preparation for this battle goes back more than 30 years. Monsanto and other corporations have been at work for over 30 years placing their key people into regulatory positions in the FDA and other Agencies in charge of writing the GMO regulations to insure that GMOs would become a part of the American diet, and the public would be completely ignorant of this issue. Here are a few examples:
In the early 1990’s Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Policy for the FDA wrote the labeling guidelines for rBGH , a genetically engineered cattle drug made by Monsanto. These guidelines prohibited dairies from being allowed to state that their milk and meat products were free of Monsanto’s drug. It was discovered in 1994 that Taylor had worked for 7 years as a Monsanto corporate attorney.While at Monsanto, Taylor deveolped Monsanto’s strategy for suing States that tried to pass labeling laws that would inform the public that the food products sold in those States were free of Monsanto’s drugs.
Margaret Miller who was FDA’s Deputy Director of the Office of New Animal Drugs in the 1990’s was a Monsanto research scientist who worked on Monsanto drug rBGH until 1989.
Suzanne Sechan who was a primary reviewer of rBGH for the Office of New Animal Drugs until 1990, had worked as a graduate student at Cornell University on Monsanto-funded rGBH studies. Her professor at Cornell was a Monsanto consultant. Incredibly, the GAO in 1994 determined that none of these FDA officials had a conflict of interest.
Other FDA , EPA, and Federal Food Regulatory officials tied to the biotech industry as exposed by the Edmonds Institute include:
David W. Beier . . .former head of Government Affairs for Genentech, Inc. . . . chief domestic policy advisor to Al Gore when he was Vice President.
Linda J. Fisher . . .former Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances…now Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Monsanto Corporation.
Michael A. Friedman, M.D. former acting commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Department of Health and Human Services . . .now senior vice-president for clinical affairs at G. D. Searle & Co., a pharmaceutical division of Monsanto Corporation.
Val Giddings . . . former biotechnology regulator and (biosafety) negotiator at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA/APHIS) . . .now Vice President for Food & Agriculture of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
Marcia Hale . . . former assistant to the President of the United States and director for intergovernmental affairs . . .now Director of International Government Affairs for Monsanto Corporation.
Michael (Mickey) Kantor. . . former Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce and former Trade Representative of the United States . . . now member of the board of directors of Monsanto Corporation.
Josh King . . . former director of production for White House events. . . now director of global communication in the Washington, D.C. office of Monsanto Corporation.
Terry Medley . . . former administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture, former chair and vice-chair of the United States Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Council, former member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food advisory committee…and now Director of Regulatory and External Affairs of Dupont Corporation’s Agricultural Enterprise.
Margaret Miller . . . former chemical laboratory supervisor for Monsanto, . . .now Deputy Director of Human Food Safety and Consultative Services, New Animal Drug Evaluation Office, Center for Veterinary Medicine in the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).*
Michael Phillips . . . recently with the National Academy of Science Board on Agriculture . . . now head of regulatory affairs for the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
William D. Ruckelshaus . . . former chief administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), . .now (and for the past 12 years) a member of the board of directors of Monsanto Corporation.
Michael Taylor . . . former legal advisor to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Bureau of Medical Devices and Bureau of Foods, later executive assistant to the Commissioner of the FDA… still later a partner at the law firm of King & Spaulding where he supervised a nine-lawyer group whose clients included Monsanto Agricultural Company… still later Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the United States Food and Drug Administration, . . . and later with the law firm of King & Spaulding… now head of the Washington, D.C. office of Monsanto Corporation.*
Lidia Watrud . . . former microbial biotechnology researcher at Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, . . .now with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Effects Laboratory, Western Ecology Division. Jack Watson. . .former chief of staff to the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, . . .now a staff lawyer with Monsanto Corporation in Washington, D.C.
Clayton K. Yeutter . . . former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former U.S. Trade Representative (who led the U.S. team in negotiating the U.S. Canada Free Trade Agreement and helped launch the Uruguay Round of the GATT negotiations), now a member of the board of directors of Mycogen Corporation, whose majority owner is Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.
Larry Zeph . . . former biologist in the Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, . . . now Regulatory Science Manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
*Margaret Miller, Michael Taylor, and Suzanne Sechen (an FDA “primary reviewer for all rbST and other dairy drug production applications” ) were the subjects of a U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) investigation in 1994 for their role in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Posilac, Monsanto Corporation’s formulation of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbST or rBGH). The GAO Office found “no conflicting financial interests with respect to the drug’s approval” and only “one minor deviation from now superseded FDA regulations”. (Quotations are from the 1994 GAO report).
Most recently, in 2014 California voters defeated Prop 37, a bill that would have made it mandatory for retailers and food companies to label products made with genetically modified ingredients. Companies like Monsanto and Hershey contributed the majority of the $44 million for the “No on 37” campaign. The proponents trying to pass the proposition were only able to raise $7.3 million. This law had it passed would not have banned GMOs. It would only have made it mandatory that you be told on the labeling when a food contained GMO ingredients. Think about that — they don’t even want you to know what is in the food you are eating.
The battle to control your genetically-modified food supply (aka “Frankenfood” as in Frankenstein) has been carefully choreographed by this industry for almost 30 years to take away your right to know what is in the foods that you are eating. We will be continuing with this topic.
This shark is representative of the biotech industry. Well, not exactly since this shark has very small teeth. The colors in this photo are mostly in the blue spectrum of light because of the depth of the water. The reds, yellows and oranges are quickly absorbed in the first 30 feet from the surface. When the subject is beyond 4 or 5 feet from the camera, the light from the strobes does not have a chance to illuminate the fish. The result is a blue photo, though still interesting.