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  • thedarkcleft 4:49 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: ethics, Michel Taylor, monsanto   


    Monsanto, the Missouri-based agriculture giant, ranked dead last in the Covalence ethical index. The company, which leads the world in the production of genetically-engineered seed, has been subject to myriad criticisms. Among them: the company is accused of frequently and unfairly suing small farmers for patent infringement.
    Obama names Monsanto’s Taylor as new FDA Czar


    • deadindenver 5:48 am on January 30, 2010 Permalink

      dont even look at monsanto on NNDB 😦

    • perpetuallyphil 6:57 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink

      foxes protecting the hen house…. sketch

  • tallbridge 12:11 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , cheney, monsanto   

    Monsanto for Lunch 

    Via: New Scientist:

    THE Pentagon’s enthusiasm for non-lethal crowd-control weapons appears to have stepped up a gear with its decision to develop a microwave pain-infliction system that can be fired from an aircraft.

    The device is an extension of its controversial Active Denial System, which uses microwaves to heat the surface of the skin, creating a painful sensation without burning that strongly motivates the target to flee. The ADS was unveiled in 2001, but it has not been deployed owing to legal issues and safety fears.

    Nevertheless, the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in Quantico, Virginia, has now called for it to be upgraded. The US air force, whose radar technology the ADS is based on, is increasing its annual funding of the system from $2 million to $10 million.

    The transmitting antenna on the current system is 2 metres across, produces a single beam of similar width and is steered mechanically, making it cumbersome. At the heart of the new weapon will be a compact airborne antenna, which will be steered electronically and be capable of generating multiple beams, each of which can be aimed while on the move.

    Via: Organic Consumers:

    Michael Taylor is a lawyer who has spent the last few decades moving through the revolving door between the employ of GMO-seed giant Monsanto and the FDA and USDA. Taylor is widely credited with ushering Monsanto’s recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) through the FDA regulatory process and into the milk supply — unlabeled. A Government Accounting Office (GAO) investigated whether Taylor had a conflict of interest and or had engaged in ethical misconduct in the approval of rBGH. The report’s conclusion that there was no wrongdoing conflicted with the 30 pages of evidence that Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) described as proof that “the FDA allowed corporate influence to run rampant in its approval” of the drug.

    Taylor is also responsible for the FDA’s decision to treat genetically modified organisms as “substantially equivalent” to natural foods and therefore not require any safety studies. The “substantially equivalent” rule allowed the FDA to ignore evidence that genetically engineered foods, including soy, are in fact very different from natural foods and pose specific health risks.

    Via: CBS News:

    Mr. Obama went on to say that people should start paying lower prices for comparable medication.

    “If there’s a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half price for the thing that’s going to make you well?” he asked. (The reference to the blue vs. red pill no doubt reminded some viewers of the 1999 film “The Matrix.”)

    Via: New York Daily News:

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s Secret Service protection has been extended for at least another six months, beginning Tuesday.

    Normally, ex-veeps only get six months of protection at taxpayer expense. But Cheney asked for an extension, and President Obama – whom Cheney has excoriated in several interviews since leaving office – recently signed off.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signed the order extending Cheney’s security detail, her spokeswoman Sara Kuban confirmed Monday.

    If the Obama administration hadn’t gone along with Cheney’s request, he would have been forced to hire his own security agents – or go without.

    Cheney’s friends have said he has become more concerned about his privacy and personal safety in recent years.

    Via: Palm Beach Post:

    School children who have never had a flu shot may need to get vaccinated four times in the fall – twice for seasonal flu, twice for pandemic swine flu – officials at the CDC told health professionals on Wednesday.

    Most everyone else should expect three shots.

    • perpetuallyphil 7:07 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink

      oh man. red pill blue pill. when i watched that speech all i could think about was the matrix… is he saying that the blue pill is cheaper and we should go with that!!!! in the movie the blue is to remain the same while red is to understand the “matrix.” too much risk to break the whole system down… incremental changes only…. i cant really change your life for you… this is your world….

      i seriously, seriously, seriously think that obama is becoming the door way. he is standing with the old status quo in front of him, and is blocking the true possibilities of our realities behind him. sadly he is not ushering people in, or moving out of the way, but when i watch him speak, i feel he knows this. he throws out little glimmers of whats possible and hints at amazing ideas but is still grounded in the bullshit drama game of our current times. he is powerless, but i think he is always making suggestions on how WE can change the world. top down change never sustain themselves or are just anyways…

      if i was him, i would take a vacation to a farm on an island somewhere too…. stressful.

  • untamedyawp 3:36 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: fda, , , monsanto, , safety   

    thanks barack, again 

    Michael R. Taylor, the former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto has returned through Washington’s revolving doors and will now advise FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg on food safety.
    In March 1994, Taylor was publicly exposed as a former lawyer for the Monsanto corporation for seven years. While working for Monsanto, Taylor had prepared a memo for the company as to whether or not it would be constitutional for states to erect labeling laws concerning rBGH dairy products. In other words. Taylor helped Monsanto figure out whether or not the corporation could sue states or companies that wanted to tell the public that their products were free of Monsanto’s drug.

    • tallbridge 10:20 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      “Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.

      Physiologist Melvin Ketchel, of the Tufts University School of Medicine, suggested that a sterilant could be developed that had a very specific action—for example, preventing implantation of the fertilized ovum. He proposed that it be used to reduce fertility levels by adjustable amounts, anywhere from five to 75 percent, rather than to sterilize the whole population completely. In this way, fertility could be adjusted from time to time to meet a society’s changing needs, and there would be no need to provide an antidote. Contraceptives would still be needed for couples who were highly motivated to have small families. Subfertile and functionally sterile couples who strongly desired children would be medically assisted, as they are now, or encouraged to adopt. Again, there is no sign of such an agent on the horizon. And the risk of serious, unforeseen side effects would, in our opinion, militate against the use of any such agent, even though this plan has the advantage of avoiding the need for socioeconomic pressures that might tend to discriminate against particular groups or penalize children.

      Most of the population control measures beyond family planning discussed above have never been tried. Some are as yet technically impossible and others are and probably will remain unacceptable to most societies (although, of course, the potential effectiveness of those least acceptable measures may be great). ” – John Holdren, 1977 Ecoscience – Assistant to BO Science and Technology


    • tallbridge 10:24 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      Florida’s surgeon general says the state is preparing for massive swine flu immunizations, starting with schoolchildren, as the Obama administration urges states to prepare for the likelihood that the virus might worsen in the fall.

      ”We may end up averting a crisis. That’s our hope,” said President Barack Obama, who took time away from the G-8 summit in Italy to telephone another summit back home — the 500 state and local health officials meeting to prepare for swine flu’s fall threat.

      ”We want to make sure we aren’t promoting panic, but we are promoting vigilance and preparation,” Obama said.

    • tallbridge 10:30 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      Five-to-40-year-olds and Canada’s aboriginal communities should be the first to get vaccinated against human swine flu, experts say as Canadian officials decide who gets priority for the flu shots.

      Under Canada’s official pandemic plan, the entire population would ultimately be immunized against the H1N1 swine flu.

    • perpetuallyphil 7:05 pm on July 13, 2009 Permalink

      via BBC on new swine flu data:

      “professor Ian Jones, a flu expert at the University of Reading, said the latest study provided the complete analysis of the swine flu that researchers had been waiting for.
      He said: “For a number of measures it shows that the new virus is more serious than seasonal H1N1 but that, nonetheless, the major outcome to infection is recovery.
      “For the few cases of severe infection the data should help in the clinical management of hospitalised patients. ”

      mainstream science is settling the hysteria….

  • perpetuallyphil 5:38 pm on October 14, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , hormones, monsanto   

    genically modified organism on way out!!! 

    check this article about food trends in the world and how people are finally saying no to GMO’s.

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