Obama's New FDA Wolf in Genetically-Engineered Sheep's Clothing

Once again I am left questioning the Obama administration's decision-making ability. I have nothing against the man himself but it is those he chooses to surround himself with that leaves me wondering what on Earth he could be thinking, and his latest appointment to the FDA is no exception.

Meet Mike Taylor (via NYT):

The Obama administration, moving to address the nation’s fractured food safety system, on Wednesday appointed Michael R. Taylor, a veteran food expert, as deputy commissioner for foods at the Food and Drug Administration. The newly created position is the first to oversee all the agency’s many food and nutrition programs.

The federal government’s oversight of the nation’s food supply has for decades been split among 13 disparate and sometimes feuding agencies. The result has been a growing menu of food recalls, including contaminated peanut butter, spinach and cookie dough, and the annual sickening of about 70 million people.

With new powers and extensive Washington experience, Mr. Taylor is supposed to fix this mess. But he is likely to be on a short leash.

He's got an exceptional resume, one that bounces him back and forth from law to Washington (surprise) on behalf of our friends at Monsanto. You know the ones, the guys who are only interested in profits using their patented frankenscience seeds.

Check out You're Appointing Who? Please Obama, Say It's Not So! via HuffPo to read all about the horrors of genetically-modified foods, the Monsanto lawyer who knew they are to blame for all sorts of human health issues from asthma to cancer and, worse of all, the Obama appointment as food safety czar that put that very lawyer in charge of (allegedly) guarding the sanctity of our health. If you had any doubts up until this point that the FDA doesn't actually care whether you live or die, let that be a compelling piece of evidence that opens your swollen, cataract-infested eyes.

The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar. This is no joke.

Here's the back story.

When FDA scientists were asked to weigh in on what was to become the most radical and potentially dangerous change in our food supply -- the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods -- secret documents now reveal that the experts were very concerned. Memo after memo described toxins, new diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and hard-to-detect allergens. They were adamant that the technology carried "serious health hazards," and required careful, long-term research, including human studies, before any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could be safely released into the food supply.

But the biotech industry had rigged the game so that neither science nor scientists would stand in their way. They had placed their own man in charge of FDA policy and he wasn't going to be swayed by feeble arguments related to food safety. No, he was going to do what corporations had done for decades to get past these types of pesky concerns. He was going to lie.

That man? Why Mike Taylor of course.

Forgive me for being bold but Obama needs to look at the big picture instead of listening to these assholes he surrounds himself with. But let's look at his comments July 2, 2009 to AllAfrica.com about introducing the "green revolution" to Africa:

Now, I also think on the ground in many of these countries, how we think about not high-tech stuff but low-tech technologies to, for example, improve food production is vitally important. And I'm still frustrated over the fact that the green revolution that we introduced into India in the '60s, we haven't yet introduced into Africa in 2009. In some countries, you've got declining agricultural productivity. That makes absolutely no sense. And we don't need fancy computers to solve those problems; we need tried and true agricultural methods and technologies that are cheap and are efficient, but could have a huge impact in terms of people's day-to-day well-being.

Wait, that same "green revolution" introduced in India that has led Indian farmers to suicide as they buckle under the weight of debt and Monsanto-introduced GM seed fraud? I don't think so.

Is this who you want running the show, America? If so, I grieve for you.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


Anonymous said...

You think they care about the well being of the population?...please..when was the last time the Feed Drug Addiction agency did something to foster the cure for an illness?....meanwhile they(scientists) have the technology(capability) to bring back a F#$%king Woolly Mammoth? You don't think there is something wrong here? Lot easier to issue debt to support salaries than it is to cure people....oh I know...they have to make sure the cures are safe....LMAO


Please, anon. I know better.

As I was writing this last night, I had the TV on (Golden Girls, if you must know)... I found it funny that ad after ad was for Big Pharma toxic garbage like Lipitor, Enbrel, etc etc... do you think it's a coincidence that the same agency involved in "food safety" also regulates the drugs they push on us to counteract the effects of this "safe food" we shove in our mouths?

The consumer is confused. But also lied to.

In short: we're fucked and of course they don't care.

Anonymous said...

Not only lied to....but not unbiasedly represented(btw, I know you're smarter than that...)

FDA riles patient safety advocates

But while the announced changes got a cautious welcome from the device industry, they were slammed by patient advocates as a "dodge."

"[T]he FDA is not being forceful enough about improving the safety and effectiveness of new devices," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said in a statement.

A 2009 FDA internal review said the agency experienced "unprecedented" outside pressure, including from members of Congress, to clear the device, even though the agency later said it did not meet 510(k) criteria. In October, FDA rescinded clearance for the product.

To review the 510(k) process, the FDA assembled two internal workgroups, held two public workshops and solicited more than 76 written comments from manufacturers, providers and the public.


Or look at the toxic Bayer birth control device Mirena. The FDA has received THOUSANDS of reports of this device causing weight gain, irritability, pelvic infections and even damage to users' delicate girl parts (it can get "lost") and the thing is still on the market. They KNEW it was developed by the same guy who came up with the Norplant, which was finally taken off the market after years of complaints. Mirena is made of the same silicone that made thousands of Norplant users ill (even though it is marketed as "a small piece of T-shaped plastic"). Has the FDA acted on any of these complaints? Hell no, the device is still marketed as "worry-free birth control" and is even now pushed on young women who haven't yet had children (insertion of the device for these women can be anywhere from painful to absolutely excruciating).

The FDA doesn't give a shit.

Expected better from President Obama than choosing a Monsanto K Street appointee.

W.C. Varones said...


Why would you expect better from the same guy who sold out health care reform to big pharma and the trial lawyers?

Myra said...

A GE wolf that will not eat grandmother? Sheep's clothing that does not itch?
Government leaders that.....think rationally?

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