By ISABELLA KENFIELD
"Michael R. Taylor's appointment by the Obama administration to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 7th sparked immediate debate and even outrage among many food and agriculture researchers, NGOs and activists. The Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Corp. from 1998 until 2001, Taylor exemplifies the revolving door between the food industry and the government agencies that regulate it. He is reviled for shaping and implementing the government's favorable agricultural biotechnology policies during the Clinton administration."
"Yet what has slipped under everyone's radar screen is Taylor's involvement in setting U.S. policy on agricultural assistance in Africa. In collusion with the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations, Taylor is once again the go-between man for Monsanto and the U.S. government, this time with the goal to open up African markets for genetically-modified (GM) seed and agrochemicals."
There are other proofs coming up constantly concerning the danger of GM foods.
See Jeffrey Smith 'Lyme/Autism Group Blasts Genetically Modified Foods as
"Stop eating dangerous genetically modified (GM) foods! That's the upshot of the Lyme Induced Autism (LIA) Foundation's position paper released today." (August 25, 2009)
"The five main GM foods are soy, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets. Their derivatives are found in more than 70 percent of the foods in the supermarket. The primary reason the plants are engineered is to allow them to drink poison. They're inserted with bacterial genes that allow them to survive otherwise deadly doses of poisonous herbicide. Biotech companies sell the seed and herbicide as a package deal. Roundup Ready crops survive sprays of Roundup. Liberty Link crops survive Liberty. US farmers use hundreds of millions of pounds more herbicide because of these herbicide-tolerant crops, and the higher toxic residues end up inside of us."
The following essay by Siv O'Neall was written right after the first airing of the documentary 'The World According to Monsanto' (Le monde selon Monsanto) by French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin on the French/German television channel ARTE. In view of several recent events, among them the huge threat of the upcoming decision of a global mandate on Codex Alimentarius, we feel that it is of interest to republish this essay. If Codex Alimentarius is globally mandated, it would spell disaster for human health and victory for the Biotech Industry and their callous drive for maximized profits without taking into consideration any proven facts about the dangers to humans and to the future of the planet.
The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won't ever see (Republished)
The gigantic biotech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years. The endless list of genetically modified seeds, sold and controlled by Monsanto, are putting at enormous risk age-old agricultural patterns under the presumptuous slogan of aiming at solving the huge problem of hunger in the world.
On March 11, 2008 a new documentary was aired on French television (ARTE -- French-German cultural TV channel) by French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin, entitled 'The World According to Monsanto' . Starting from the Internet over a period of three years Robin has collected material for her documentary, going on to numerous interviews with people of very different backgrounds. She traveled widely, from Latin America, to Asia, through Europe and the United States, to personally interview farmers and people in influential positions.
As an example of pro-Monsanto interviews, she talked at length with Michael Taylor who has worked as a lawyer for Monsanto and also for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he had great influence on the legalization of the genetically modified bovine growth hormone (rBGH). It also became FDA policy during Taylor's tenure that GM seeds are declared to be "substantially equivalentto non-GM seeds, hence proclaiming proof of the harmlessness of GMs to be unnecessary. Michael Taylor is a typical example of technocrats employed via 'the revolving door policy'. He is now head of the Washington, D.C. office of Monsanto Corporation.