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The cozy relationship between Monsanto, the world's largest biotech corporation, and the USDA has gotten out of hand.
Monsanto's growth hormones for cows have been approved by Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lobbyist turned USDA administrator and FDA deputy commissioner. This was after Margaret Miller, while working as a researcher for Monsanto, oversaw a report on the hormones’ safety and then took a job at the FDA where she approved her own report.
The revolving door keeps on turning.
Monsanto's board members have worked for the EPA, advised the USDA, and served on President Obama's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Former Monsanto lobbyist Islam Siddiqui is the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and is famously known for his criticism of the European Union and its precautionary approach to GMOs.
It’s no wonder the USDA has never denied a single application from Monsanto for new genetically engineered crops.
This chemical company -- responsible for environmental disasters that have destroyed entire towns -- has monopolized our food system largely by taking over regulatory agencies like the USDA. Monsanto is even looking at using Dicamba, a chemical similar to and as powerful as one of the main components of Agent Orange, as an herbicide on genetically engineered corn and soybeans.
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