Monsanto employees in the halls of government (part 2)

  • Published on February 2nd, 2012

Monsanto employees and the revolving door with government

How bad is the revolving door between Monsanto and government? This handy chart (from pretty much sums it up.

Monsanto has been particularly talented at vacuuming up well connected ex-Congressmen, Senators and other government officials to go back and lobby the government, using their connections for the company’s benefit. And it also has been great at placing its own people into the agencies that are supposed to be regulating it.

One of the worst examples isn’t even on the chart – Michael R Taylor:

  • Taylor started off as a partner at the law firm that represented Monsanto on GBH issues (artificial growth hormones that make cows give more milk).
  • Then, as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy, he wrote the FDA’s rBGH labelling guidelines – the ones that insisted there was no difference between rGBH and regular milk.
  • He also deleted references to problems with GMO foods, over the objection of staff scientists.
  • Then he spent a few years working directly for Monsanto.
  • And now? Barak Obama brought him back to the FDA to oversee Monsanto again, as his food safety issues czar!
More background: See our earlier story, Monsanto employees in the halls of government.

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.