GMO companies, FDA are very cozy

You’re drinking the Kool-Aid if you believe big GMO companies aren’t in bed with the FDA. Over the last 30 years, at least seven high-ranking employees in the FDA were employed with Monsanto. Consider Michael R. Taylor, currently the deputy commissioner of the Office of Foods. He was also the deputy commissioner for Policy within the FDA in the mid ’90s. However, between that position and his current FDA position, Mr. Taylor was employed by Monsanto as Vice President of Public Policy. Other Monsanto alumni include Arthur Hayes, commissioner of the FDA from 1981 to 1983, and consultant to Searle’s public relations firm, which later merged with Monsanto. Michael A. Friedman, former acting commissioner of the FDA, later went on to become senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Searle, which is now a pharmaceutical division of Monsanto. Virginia Weldon only became a member of the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, after retiring as Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto. They are spending millions to keep you in the dark about potential health hazards associated with genetically modified foods. A new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto’s genetically modified corn states: “Eating genetically modified corn (GM corn) and consuming trace levels of Monsanto’s Roundup chemical fertilizer caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death.” (www.thegrocer.co.uk/topics/technology…) You and your family have been fed cancer-causing foods for years. Be informed.

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Stephen M. Long

Arlington

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