|Former Monsanto lawyer now FDA Czar leads raids on Amish organic producers
You don’t need to have a degree in ethics to see the problem here. According a report
by Examiner.com, “Monsanto’s Michael Taylor is the second
highest-ranking official at the FDA, and as Food Safety Czar is
responsible for implementing the day-to-day policies that govern the
food safety laws for the U.S.”
Those “day-to-day” implementations
seem to be targeted against the very type of people who pose threats to
the anti-organic nature of Taylor’s former client. The report continues,
surprisingly, the person responsible for prioritizing armed raids on
small dairies over holding agribusiness accountable is a former Monsanto
attorney and chief super lobbyist. . . .
has been leading a departmental crusade against small raw milk dairy
producers. So far several dairy farmers have been subject to a year-long
undercover sting operation from the East Coast to California.
The hypocrisy and double-standard are open for all to see:
Michael Taylor and FDA inspectors have not arrested or fined the Iowa
agribusinessman — Jack DeCoster — who was wholly responsible for the
more than 500 million eggs that were recalled in 2010 salmonella-tainted egg recall
Though this industrial agribusinessman endangered the health of
millions. Michael Taylor actions show that he thinks Amish farmers
producing fresh milk are more deserving targets. Under his leadership
the FDA performs enforcement raids (with guns drawn) on the Amish.
a seemingly related story, the FDA has approved a new chemical
sweetener produced by Monsanto and has reportedly waved all requirements
for product labeling. In other words, this new chemical—which some
natural foods advocates say has toxicity properties—can be put in foods
you buy, even organics, and the label does not have to inform you of it.
One California local activist says,
can step aside. There’s a new sweetener in town and it isn’t saddled
with the inconvenience of having to be listed on labels, so it can be
sneaked into any prepared food, even USDA so-called Organic. So sayeth
the FDA. Neotame is a Monsanto-created chemical similar to Aspartame,
including its neurotoxic properties. . . .
is now being marketed as Sweetos for use in cattle feed. Molasses has
been utlized to get cows to eat foods made unpalatable by chemical
additives. Neotame is both less costly than molasses and subject to
fewer regulations. How do you like that? A natural food is more stringently regulated than a known-poisonous chemical that’s put into food.
reach of Neotame is likely to be extensive. They’re planning to replace
other artificial sweeteners with it. A major seller of artificial
sweeteners, which goes by the misleading name of Ensigns Health Care Pvt
Ltd, intends to use it in place of sucralose.
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