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Originally posted by AceWombat04
That said, I personally feel that we, in as much as we are free thinking, autonomous human beings, are indeed under attack by certain forces within an entity or "movement" if you will. Note that I do not say "by our government," because I think if we were to know everything that was going on, we would find that the people we feel are most responsible for this "attack" are themselves under "attack" as well to the same extent that we are.
In order for the FDA to determine if Monsanto's synthetic bovine growth hormones were safe or not, Monsanto was required to submit a scientific report on that topic. Margaret Miller, one of Monsanto's researchers put the report together. Shortly before the report submission, Miller left Monsanto and was hired by the FDA. Her first job for the FDA was to determine whether or not to approve the report she wrote for Monsanto. In short, Monsanto approved its own report. Assisting Miller was another former Monsanto researcher, Susan Sechen. Deciding whether or not rBGH-derived milk should be labeled fell under the jurisdiction of another FDA official, Michael Taylor, who previously worked as a lawyer for Monsanto.
Monsanto faced both criminal and civil charges from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the United States. The MNC agreed to pay $1 million to the Department of Justice, adopt internal compliance measures, and cooperate with continuing civil and criminal investigations. It will also pay $500,000 to the SEC to settle the bribe charge and other related violations.
The US FDA not only refuses to require labelling of hormone-laced products, but in 1994 published a rule that effectively barred dairies from printing 'BST-free' on milk products.
Who ensures that GE crops can be safely eaten by humans or animals?
The FDA is responsible for ensuring that all the foods we eat are safe. However, the FDA does not have any special legal authority to approve GE crops before they are commercialized. Thus, FDA regulates GE food and feed crops through a voluntary notification process rather than by a mandatory pre-market approval process. In that voluntary process, the developer of a GE crop submits to FDA a summary of data that shows that the GE crop is substantially equivalent to its traditionally bred counterpart. FDA reviews the submitted data and alerts the developer to any concerns it has about the developer's food safety assessment.
Originally posted by SpecAgentDW
As afar as those who villify the industrial sector, remember, if it wasn't for the industrial sector, noen of us would live the fabulous life quality we now have. It's only because of ruthless businessmen and the like that we have the wealth that we do. And your ability to gripe nonstop about the evils of the US government are thanks to some redneck who proudly wears the stars and stripes on his shoulder and goes overseas to ensure that all of our wars ARE fought overseas and not on this soil.
Letter from Representative Karen Clark:
Friends, last week the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency forcibly retired Dr. Fardin Oliaei from her 16 years of employment there in a mediated settlement. Dr. Oliaei is a highly respected research scientist, whose work on PBDEs, PFCs, and other emerging toxic contaminants is pioneering research that has been invaluable to other scientists and citizens throughout the world.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency placed extreme obstacles in the path of Dr. Oliaei's scientific work and ultimately forced her to resign. This politicization of science robs our society of the benefits of scientific inquiry, whether in public health or protection of the environment. Without our knowledge, Minnesotans have been exposed to these highly toxic, bioaccumulative, and persistant chemicals that 3M has been manufacturing and dumping waste from for the last 50 years. These persistent PFCs have ended up in the Mississippi River, in residential well water, fish, soil, air and consumer products, and yet Minnesotans have been denied the right-to-know their particular exposure risks by an agency that is supposed to provide that protection. Even though 3M stopped manufacturing this chemical in 2002, its persistence in our environment is extremely high, as found by Dr. Oliaei's recent research. Unfortunately, 3M has left a dangerous legacy for generations, but if the public knows about it we can begin to invest in clean-up and hopefully in effective prevention efforts. We urge that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency not be allowed to get away with their unacceptable and unethical behavior in this situation. Since the MPCA did a pre-emptive press release last Friday, February 3, it is important that the public respond immediately.