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Forum Post: Meet Monsanto's Number One Lobbyist: Barack Obama

Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 25, 2012, 9:31 a.m. EST by Renneye (3874)
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Meet Monsanto’s number one lobbyist: Barack Obama

by Jon Rappoport, September 24, 2012


During his 2008 campaign for president, Barack Obama transmitted signals that he understood the GMO issue. Several key anti-GMO activists were impressed. They thought Obama, once in the White House, would listen to their concerns and act on them.

These activists weren’t just reading tea leaves. On the campaign trail, Obama said: “Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.”

Making the distinction between GMO and non-GMO was certainly an indication that Obama, unlike the FDA and USDA, saw there was an important line to draw in the sand.

Beyond that, Obama was promising a new era of transparency in government. He was adamant in promising that, if elected, his administration wouldn’t do business in “the old way.” He would be “responsive to people’s needs.”

Then came the reality.

After the election, and during Obama’s term as president, people who had been working to label GMO food and warn the public of its huge dangers were shocked to the core. They saw Obama had been pulling a bait and switch.

The new president filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:

At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had preciously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.

We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.

Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.

The deck was stacked. Obama hadn’t simply made honest mistakes. Obama hadn’t just failed to exercise proper oversight in selecting appointees. He wasn’t just experiencing a failure of short-term memory. He was staking out territory on behalf of Monsanto and other GMO corporate giants.

And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let’s see what GMO crops have walked through the open door of the Obama presidency.

Monsanto GMO alfalfa.

Monsanto GMO sugar beets.

Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.

Coming soon: Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.

Syngenta GMO stacked corn.

Pioneer GMO soybean.

Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.

Bayer GMO cotton.

ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.

A GMO papaya strain.

And perhaps, soon, genetically engineered salmon and apples.

This is an extraordinary parade. It, in fact, makes Barack Obama the most GMO-dedicated politician in America.

You don’t attain that position through errors or oversights. Obama was, all along, a stealth operative on behalf of Monsanto, biotech, GMOs, and corporate control of the future of agriculture.

From this perspective, Michelle Obama’s campaign for home gardens and clean nutritious food suddenly looks like a diversion, a cover story floated to obscure what her husband has actually been doing.

Nor does it seem coincidental that two of the Obama’s biggest supporters, Bill Gates and George Soros, purchased 900,000 and 500,000 shares of Monsanto, respectively, in 2010.

Because this is an election season, people will say, “But what about Romney? Is he any better?” I see no indication that he is. The point, however, is that we are talking about a sitting president here, a president who presented himself, and was believed by many to be, an extraordinary departure from politics as usual.

Not only was that a wrong assessment, Obama was lying all along. He was, and he still is, Monsanto’s man in Washington.

To those people who fight for GMO labeling, and against the decimation of the food supply and the destruction of human health, but still believe Obama is a beacon in bleak times:

Wake up.










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[-] 3 points by turbocharger (1756) 8 years ago

FDA refuses to adhere to its own findings:


The joys of having corrupted politicians appointing regulators who were former employees of the ones intended to regulate. Not only do you end up with no regulations on the ones intended to do so, you end up with the power to then legislate the competition out of existence too.

Bark Obama. What a gem.


In other news, some tend to think that a bought out court system that owes its allegiance to the machine, is somehow a conservative vs liberal problem, despite the massive evidence that points it being much more widespread and deep than that.

Hopefully in time, these last supports to old ideology can be converted to something more in line with the truth.


[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

yes... a good post ... Renneye ..

one quick point ... and then want to do some research ...

In today's corrupt environment ...the only way we are going to know what is in our food ... is to grow it ourselves ....

[-] -3 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

How fuckin sad is that!

[-] -2 points by Builder (4202) 8 years ago

Why is it sad?

It's the first, and simplest, step in liberating yourself from servititude and tyranny. Why else are self-sufficient communities being targetted by paramilitary agents?

[-] -2 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

It's sad because thats what its come to. You cant even trust that a tomato is a tomato any more. Lord only knows whats in that chicken.

Transfat was an uproar. So they got the labels. And then the corporations just started calling it other things. Crisis averted.

Its just sad that we have to fight the government over even the most basic things now, like whats in our food and our ability to talk on the phones to each other without being spied on. Walk down the street without being on their cameras.

Its just sad. I cannot believe it has come to this.

[-] 3 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 8 years ago

we have to be the the govt....

[+] -4 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

I don't think they are letting people like me in there any time soon :)

But I get what you are sayin

[-] -2 points by Builder (4202) 8 years ago

Is your organic industry trustworthy?

[-] -2 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

WholeFoods isnt really to be trusted, besides they've kicked us out of their parking lots a few times for promoting MAM and dont let anyone flyer (I can kind of understand that)...

But as far as "organic" goes here, theres a shit ton of stuff they can do to it and its still organic by their guidelines.

Local, imo, is the key, but with Monsanto taking over the seed supply, even if you grow it yourself and use minimal chemical help, it still might have the strange stuff right inside of it.

Honestly, if fuckin pisses me off that I have to go out of my way to find fruit and vegatables that dont contain fuckin round up in it. This shouldnt be part of my daily routine.

I'm not the best gardener, dont know how many times Ive had to replant everything. This time of year it all slows to a halt, and I live in right near downtown so its not like I have an acre to go nuts.

[-] -1 points by Builder (4202) 8 years ago

I grow in jars and trays, mostly. One week is max time to harvest for cupboard culture. Overnight for some sprouts.

To my knowledge, mung seeds are the simplest to grow, and very nutritious. Quite easy to grow them out to get your seeds for the next crop as well.

[-] -3 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

One of my little brothers, however, has created a kick ass mini farm for himself and his family, very impressive. Good to see the kids out there working and being part of it too.

[-] 1 points by notaneoliberal (2269) 10 years ago

"Above all, what neoliberals and neoconservatives have in common is that they are technofascists. Benito Mussolini defined fascism as “the merger of state and corporate power.” Technofascism is the melding of corporate, state, military, and technological power by a handful of political elites which enables them to manipulate and control the population through the use of money, markets, media and the Internet." http://occupywallst.org/forum/neoliberal-or-neoconservative-who-knows-the-differ/

[-] 1 points by Neuwurldodr (744) 10 years ago

Well, one thing Obama said was true...“Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.”

Thanks for the list and the information. Unfortunately, no President is God and unless he has the backing of the branches of the government, Congress, Senate, etc. etc....or creates an Executive Order...Hey.....we are all shyt out of luck.... Hey, most corporations don't even adhere to the Executive Orders that are too numerous to count so my question is......whaddya want? Awareness and the ability to grow your own food...that is the basic fundamental.

Monsanto employs a great many people and Executives in many different countries...

So...Good Luck!

[-] 0 points by turbocharger (1756) 7 years ago

In year three MAM seems to actually be picking up msm news mentions.

Nice job as usual MAM. Keep up the hustle.

[-] 0 points by lugano (1221) 7 years ago

''Monsanto helps fund all-expense-paid ‘reporter boot camp’ for food writers'' - http://rt.com/usa/261377-monsanto-helps-fund-reporter-conference/ and there's Global Anti-Monsatan Protest.(21st-25th May'15)




[-] -2 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

Corporate bodies appointed by corporate human slush funds, leading to corporate corruption.

Solutions to this problem?

[-] 0 points by Builder (4202) 8 years ago

Singapore is investing in intensive inner-city food production.