Fire the Monsanto lobbyist at FDA

14 Sep
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Why is a Monsanto lobbyist serving as the FDA’s Food Safety Czar?

FDA must fire Monsanto’s Michael Taylor
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Dear Friend,

Why is a former Monsanto lobbyist currently serving as the FDA’s food safety czar waging war on small dairy farms that produce fresh milk?

While factory farm operators are getting away with serious food safety violations, raw milk dairy farmers and distributors across the country have been subjected to armed raids and hauled away in handcuffs.

The Food and Drug Administration is running sting operations followed by “guns-drawn raids usually reserved for terrorists and drug lords” as part of a crackdown on unpasteurized milk.1 Meanwhile, the FDA is letting the highly consolidated industrial meat and factory farm industry off the hook despite growing problems.

Not surprisingly, the person responsible for prioritizing armed raids on small dairies over holding agribusiness accountable is a former Monsanto attorney and chief super lobbyist. 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. 2

Tell President Obama to fire Monsanto’s Michael Taylor from his job as Food Czar at the FDA. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Whether or not you think unpasteurized milk is a good idea, it’s clear that the FDA under Michael Taylor has its priorities wrong. When industrial agribusiness sickens thousands of people, it’s absurd for the FDA to target Amish farmers producing fresh milk, much less to engage in “guns drawn” enforcement raids.

CREDO is joining our allies at Food Democracy Now! in calling on the president to fire Monsanto’s Michael Taylor from the FDA. Midwestern farmers will play an important symbolic role in President Obama’s reelection campaign. We need to let the president know that we stand with small farmers and not Monsanto!

Michael Taylor seems focused on entirely the wrong aspects of food safety enforcement. Rather than making sure that food safety inspections are done properly at our nation’s largest factory farms, where antibiotic resistance has run amuck, Taylor 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.

Incredibly, Michael Taylor and FDA inspectors have not arrested or fined the Iowa agribusinessman — Jack DeCoster — who was wholly responsible for the half-a-billion eggs that were recalled in 2010 salmonella-tainted egg recall.3 Though this industrial agribusinessman endangered the health of millions, Michael Taylor thinks Amish farmers producing fresh milk are more deserving targets of his FDA enforcement raids with guns drawn.

While CREDO recognizes the inherent risks that are involved in food production, it’s time that the U.S. government start responsibly looking into the real origins of our nation’s largest food safety recalls and stop harassing family farmers trying to survive in the excessively consolidated food and agricultural sectors.

Tell President Obama to fire Monsanto’s Michael Taylor from his job as Food Czar at the FDA. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thanks for standing up for small farmers and taking our government back from Monsanto.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1 “Food safety chief defends raw milk raids”, San Francisco Chronicle, June 7, 2011
2 “Monsanto’s man Taylor returns to FDA in food-czar role”, Grist, July 8, 2009.
3DeCoster Gets Warning, Hillandale Sales OK’d”, Food Safety News, October 19, 2010.


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