joanne aubertin's picture
Tell me the truth, Is this true?....Monsanto executives have been given policy-making positions in Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations.

A:Expert Answer

The government has occasionally hired people who formerly worked at Monsanto, just as they’ve hired people from many other companies in our industry.  The government also looks to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to hire people for positions in public service.  Some critics say this shows a complicated conspiracy by former employers and the government. 

 

In my experience working for NGOs and corporate entities, I find these theories often disregard that these are experienced and highly skilled individuals, who have likely been well-matched for these positions.  People who choose to do these jobs – public servants who work hard to make things better for all – deserve better than skepticism of their motives.    

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NeedsTheTruth's picture

lol "tell the truth" thats the best convincing statement i have ever heard! they are bound to not lie now!

Steven Smith's picture

In 1992 Dan Quayle the Vice President who couldn't spell Potato was entrusted with setting the ground rules of GMO's. Spelling the situation we are now in.

"Then-Vice President Dan Quayle announced the FDA's policy on genetically engineered food as part of his "regulatory relief initiative." The policy, Quayle explained, was based on the idea that genetic engineering is no different than traditional plant breeding, and therefore required no new regulations.

"Politics not Science Set the Agenda
Dan Quayle's 1992 policy announcement is premised on the notion that genetically engineered crops are "substantially equivalent" to regular crops and thus do not need to be labeled or safety tested. The policy was crafted by Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lawyer who was hired by the Bush FDA to fill the newly created position of deputy commissioner of policy.

In an ironic twist, the Obama administration appointed Michael Taylor as the deputy commissioner of foods in 2009, where he now oversees food safety policy for the federal government. Taylor's appointment was highly controversial, not only for crafting this pseudo-scientific policy, which laid the groundwork for helping GMOs avoid rigorous scientific testing and common-sense labeling, but also for his role in guiding the approvallof Monsanto's genetically engineered synthetic hormone rBGH."

Here is the rest of the article;
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-murphy/dan-quayle-and-michael-ta_b_15...

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Seeking.the.Truth's picture

The expert did not actually answer the question. The answer is :YES. In fact,. Michael Taylor, who worked for a law firm who represented Monsanto, was in a position at the FDA when the "Substantial Equivalence" policy was adapted, even though some scientists at the FDA objected. I believe he went back to the law firm and is now in a government position. Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court justice, is also a former Monsanto employee. In fact, there are several more.