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By:Â Michael Engle
As widely seen during our national campaign time, often times, controversy can arise from previously held professional associations by certain candidates. Â A similar debate is arising in Washington, D.C. in regard to food politics, as Stephanie Armour reports for Bloomberg.
Michael Taylor is employed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he currently serves as the deputy commissioner for food safety.Â Previously, Taylor served as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy; however, for 16 months in between his FDA stints, he served as the vice-president of public policy at Monsanto. Â Monsanto is a leading name in genetically-modified organism (GMO), or “Franken-food,” production.Â This plants Taylor as a lightning rod of controversy, due to the fact that GMO’s are a polarizing subject in modern food politics.
Although GMO’s result in edible food and are beloved by mass producers (Imagine a rice field that will not drown in a monsoon, and keep its yield!), they are criticized for homogenizing the crop gene pool, forcing small-scale farmers out of business, and proliferating auto-immune diseases among humans.Â In fact, 1,000 acres of Monsanto-brand GMO corn was discovered and destroyed in Hungary, where GMO’s are banned; Peru also recently voted to ban GMO’s for the next ten years.
The million-dollar question will be answered with due diligence, but it can be worded succinctly: Can Michael Taylor perform his duties to the FDA, and, by proxy, to the American taxpayers, without exhibiting any biases in favor of Monsanto?Â Read More