Mitt Romney has very distinct ties to Monsanto. From an environmental, health and food standpoint, this is a very disturbing fact concerning the 2012 election.
From his days at Boston’s Bain & Company in the 1970s, Romney helped turn Monsanto’s image from a chemical colossus into the genetic engineering giant. Former Monsanto CEO, John Hanley was very close to Mitt, who concentrated on molding Monsanto’s image. Hanley also helped with Romney’s career at Bain, which prompted Romney’s boss, Bill Bain, to form “Bain Capital” to keep Romney in the fold.
Bain’s work with Monsanto included a campaign of whitewashing negative influences on the effects of Round-Up. Monsanto’s management was not focused on the long-term environmental impacts but (no surprise here) on the bottom line of upcoming financial quarters. The switch to “life science” products for Monsanto was a ploy to placate naysayers and environmentalists. By sanitizing their image, this would appear that Monsanto was actually interested in doing something for the planet and its people. Nothing could be further from the truth!
We all know the history of Monsanto: Round Up, GMO products, bovine growth hormone, genetic engineering, PCBs and Agent Orange. The frightening fact here is that If Mitt Romney is elected, Monsanto will sink its hooks even deeper into the American government and the food system.
Read–> the Mother Jones article on how Romney has helped Monsanto!
Despite the overwhelming evidence about the dangers of GMOs from independent studies, Monsanto has gone to great lengths to disavow this. It’s currently battling California’s Proposition 37 on labeling GMO ingredients in food. Rest assured, if Romney IS elected, we will see a rise in efforts to approve many more GMO crops and appoint Monsanto-friendly politicians in government. As an environmental food activist, this frightens me!
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” ~former communications manager for Monsanto.
FDA approvals are a joke to people like myself who’ve long known the inside track on influence in government agencies. Monsanto has written riders into laws to benefit itself, bullied, threatened and wormed its way into the FDA. The FDA stamp of approval is worthless when it comes to GMOs.
Mitt Romney’s appointed agricultural advisory committee consists of Monsanto cronies. Some have been heavily involved with the marketing of GMOs like Chris Policinski of Land-O-Lakes, and Chuck Connor (National Council of Farmer Cooperatives) has pushed for the approval of GMO alfalfa in 2010. Another member of this panel is Kate Smith or Osborn Barr, Monsanto’s PR people. Mike Johanns, George Bush’s agricultural secretary and head of the USDA was in power when Monsanto’s sugar beets and alfalfa were approved without the required environmental impact studies. Additionally he’s made himself available to the political machine’s movers and shakers which run Missouri, Monsanto’s home state.
Mitt Romney has surrounded himself with supporters of Monsanto in government and agriculture for well over 20 years. He’s sure to continue this into his administration. God help us all if he’s elected because it will be the beginning of the end for many things. The organic industry will be adversely affected. Big Ag will probably be empowered to put more small farmers out of business. By pandering to the food industry, undoubtedly food safety will suffer and, most frighteningly of all…, Monsanto will come closer to its dream of total control of our food system.