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Obama’s White House appoints Monsanto’s former Vice President for Public Policy as senior advisor to the commissioner
July 10, 2009, 1:02 pm
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What a disappointment to hear that after all the hype and Press about the Obama’s Organic garden at the White House, the FDA has announced that the White House has named  Michael Taylor as senior advisor to the commissioner.

Mr. Taylor is a lawyer who began as  counsel to FDA. He then moved to King & Spalding, a private-sector law firm representing Monsanto. In 1991 he returned to the FDA as Deputy Commissioner for Policy, where he was part of the team that issued the agency’s decidedly industry-friendly policy on food biotechnology and that approved the use of Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone in dairy cows. His questionable role in these decisions led to an investigation by the federal General Accounting Office, which eventually exonerated him of all conflict-of-interest charges. In 1994, Mr. Taylor moved to USDA to become administrator of its Food Safety and Inspection Service … After another stint in private legal practice with King & Spalding, Mr. Taylor again joined Monsanto as Vice President for Public Policy in 1998.

“Vice president for public policy” meant chief lobbyist. Monsanto had hired him to keep his former colleagues at USDA and FDA, as well as Congress folk, up to date on the wonders of patent-protected seed biotechnology.

Seriously, Obama …. seriously???

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