The following excerpts appeared in Organic Bytes #17:
QUICK QUIZ: HOW U.S. DEMOCRACY WORKS
Question: How is it that every industrialized nation in the world has banned
Monsanto's rBGH as unsafe, but it's legal (and unlabeled) in the United
Answer: In order for the FDA to determine if Monsanto's growth hormones were
safe or not, Monsanto was required to submit a scientific report on that
topic. Margaret Miller, one of Monsanto's researchers put the report
Shortly before the report submission, Miller left Monsanto and was
hired by the FDA. Her first job for the FDA was to determine whether or not
to approve the report she wrote for Monsanto. In short, Monsanto approved
its own report. Assisting Miller was another former Monsanto researcher,
Deciding whether or not rBGH-derived milk should be labeled
fell under the jurisdiction of another FDA official, Michael Taylor, who
previously worked as a lawyer for Monsanto.
HOW MONSANTO'S POLICIES HAVE BECOME U.S. POLICY
Prior to being the Supreme Court Judge who put G.W. in office, Clarence
Thomas was Monsanto's lawyer.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (Anne
Veneman) was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Calgene Corporation.
The Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) was on the Board of Directors of
Monsanto's Searle pharmaceuticals.
The U.S. Secretary of Health, Tommy
Thompson, received $50,000 in donations from Monsanto during his winning
campaign for Wisconsin's governor.
The two congressmen receiving the most
donations from Monsanto during the last election were Larry Combest
(Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee) and Attorney General John
(Source: Dairy Education Board)
Source: (Biodemocracy) Organic Bytes #17, 7/03
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