The Nation’s investigative report has uncovered how Mitt Romney personally helped Monsanto shed its string of toxic chemical-related scandals and reinvent itself to dominate American agriculture. Monsanto, an early Bain & Company client, was so impressed with Romney that they started bypassing his superiors to deal with him directly. Romney’s close relationship with then CEO John Hanley prompted his boss to create Bain Capital to keep Romney from leaving and taking their largest consulting client with him.
From 1977 to 1985, Romney helped navigate Monsanto through very rocky waters. The agribusiness was flooded with lawsuits after Congress banned the toxic coolant PCBs, a Monsanto product that has been linked to cancer and neurological disorders. At the same time, Monsanto’s Agent Orange toxin, used to defoliate jungles in the Vietnam War, was linked to the contamination of millions of Vietnamese and American soldiers and had been dubbed “the largest chemical warfare operation” in human history.
Romney And Bain Boosted Agriculture Giant Monsanto In Spite Of Toxic Past
Back in 2008, Obama promised his supporters he would be on their side when it comes to knowing what they are eating, and in a campaign speech he stated, "We'll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they're buying."
Today, Monsanto (the seed police) and similar unethical chemical giants loom over ALL FARMERS AND ALL FOOD, and a global cancer epidemic is imminent. Monsanto survived its near collapse thanks to Mitt Romney, and Monsanto thrives today thanks to George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Soon, if enough Supreme Court Justices side with the biotech industry, the U.S. government will have complete reign over the food industry.
These days, I'm hoping and praying for a Nuclear strike against the US. If the people wont rise up and do whats right, then let our enemies do your jobs and shame on You America.
During the presidential primaries this past March, Romney named an eleven-member Agricultural Advisory Committee that was packed with Monsanto connections, including its principal Washington lobbyist Randy Russell, whose firm has represented Monsanto since its founding in the 1980s and has been paid $2.4 million in lobbying fees since 1998.
Bain Helped Grow Monsanto
Romney For President Agriculture Advisory Committee:
Co-Chair, Senator Mike Johanns- U.S. Senator from Nebraska (2009-present); Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture (2005-2007); Governor of Nebraska (1999-2005).
Co-Chair, Commissioner Adam Putnam- Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture (2011-present); U.S. House of Representatives from Florida (2001-2011).
Greg Ibach- Director, Nebraska Department of Agriculture (2005-present); Owner/Operator of GTI Inc., a cow/calf and diversified crop farm in central Nebraska (1984-present).
Chuck Conner- President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (2009-present); Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Indiana Farmer.
Bill Even- Co-owner, Even Family Farms; South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture (2007-2010); Director, South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (2006-2007).
Randy Russell- President, The Russell Group, formerly Lesher and Russell (1986-2011); Chief of Staff to Secretary of Agriculture John Block (1985); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1984); Vice President for Agriculture and Trade Policy, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (1982-84).
AG Kawamura- Founding member, Orange County Produce, LLC; Co-Chair, Solutions From the Land Dialogue; Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010).
Katie Smith- Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture (2007-2008).
Al Montna- Chairman U.S. Rice Federation (2006-2008); President, California State Board of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010); Owner, Montna Farms.
Chris Policinski- President and CEO, Land O'Lakes; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (2005-present); National Milk Producers Federation (1999-present); Grocery Manufacturers Association (2005-present).
Tom Nassif- President and CEO, Western Growers (2002-present); Reagan Administration: Deputy Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State (1981-1983); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asian Affairs (1983-1985); United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco (1985-1988).
Indeed, he's following a tradition that dates to Bill Clinton, includes George W. Bush and his family, and is alive and well in the White House of Romney's opponent, Barack Obama. What's my evidence that the Clintons and Bushes ate organic? Get this, from someone who knows—Walter Scheib, who served as White House executive chef during the Clinton and Bush years:
From 1994 to 2005 I was the executive chef at the White House. This offered me not only the personal honor of serving two unique and interesting first families, but the professional challenge of fulfilling Hillary Clinton's mandate of bringing contemporary American cuisine and nutritionally responsible food to the White House.
This meant that nearly all the product used was obtained from local growers and suppliers. There was a small garden on the roof of the White House where produce was grown.
The ethic of the purchasing and the cooking at the White House under my direction and under the continuing direction of [current Obama White House executive chef] Cris Comerford is one of respect for the pedigree of the product and manner it is grown, gathered, raised or caught.
The Clinton and Bush families dined regularly on organic foods. Both wagyu and grass-fed beef were frequently used.
And here's Scheib again, in an interview with the blog Obama Foodorama, on Hillary Clinton's unheralded rooftop veggie garden:
"Not certified organic," Mr. Scheib said. "But everything was absolutely grown without pesticides and fertilizers. I guess it's what these days we call 'natural.'"
Now the Obamas appear to have settled into the pattern established by their predecessors: privately eat organic while publicly maintaining the food system status quo—a pattern that Romney, if he wins, seems ready to maintain. So, organic for the elite, GMOs for everyone else? That's precisely the kind of exclusive mindset that gives organic food a bad name.