Barring some kind of advanced alien technology, there will soon be nothing that can clean up the toxic mess we are making of our planting fields. Even as we speak, the FDA and EPA are about to approve the use of 2,4-D chemicals on American fields, even though it has been linked to developmental and neurological health problems, among other environmental damage.
We also know that the very reason for this consideration is because RoundUp Ready chemicals failed, and glyphosate-drenched fields everywhere are giving birth to superweeds bigger than farmers have ever seen. But do we stop the madness and desist from putting more toxic drivel on our crops? No – in this country, we let regulators go even further. A whole new type of pesticides and herbicides is about to be unleashed on the public. What will it take for this to stop?
Approval is also now being sought for genetically modified crops that will withstand the use of dicamba, HPPD and glufosinate - all weed-killing chemicals that had largely been eschewed in favor of the pesticide industry’s superstar: glyphosate. The biotech industry bet the farm on glyphosate and it failed – killing our crops, harming our ground water, and causing human infertility and DNA aberrance, but let’s give the good ole’ boys another go at it – shall we?
“We thought that biotechnology was going to be a solution and a long-term solution that would replace chemistry, so as a result people stopped investing in chemistry,” Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, told POLITICO Pro in a recent interview.
Instead of looking at aged practices – those which have been tested and tried for millennia, of organic and sustainable farming which is still proving to be viable even today – the agricultural industry looks for ‘new and better’ chemicals. Since these often take decades to develop, and billions of dollars, I might add, the near-term solution of these crazy-makers seems to be to bring older pesticides back into the spotlight.
The EPA had an open forum for comments on the possible approval of 2,4-D chemicals that closed on June 30, but we all know this was a total waste of time. The EPA doesn’t listen to public opinion about herbicide use, pesticide contamination, or GMOs anymore than the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association listens to Vermont’s desire to have GMOs labeled. Its all a rigged game. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical – they all know they are running a racket, and we are just small people who must bow to their bloated corporate budgets.
Biotech and Politicians – Massive Conflict of Interest
If you don’t believe it, consider this:
Former Monsanto Appointees to the FDA, USDA, and EPA
|Monsanto Position||Individual||Federal Position|
|Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at G.D. Searle and Co. (merged with Monsanto)||Michael A. Friedman||Acting Commissioner of the FDA|
|Consultant to Searle’s Public Relation Firm (merged with Monsanto)||Arthur Hull Hayes||Previously FDA Commissioner|
|Top Monsanto Scientist, oversaw approval of rBGH||Margaret Miller||Appointed Deputy Director of FDA, 1991|
|Worked on Monsanto-funded rBGH in connection with Cornell University||Suzanne Sechen||FDA Reviewer on Scientific Data|
|Attorney for Monsanto for 7 years, previous Head of Monsanto Washington D.C. Office||Michael Taylor||Former FDA Deputy Commision for Policy. In 2010 appointed Senior Advisor to FDA Commissioner|
|Former Monsanto Lawyer||Clarence Thomas||Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court in 1991|
|Served on Board of Directors at Calgene, a Monsanto Biotech Subsidiary||Anne Veneman||Appointed head of USDA in 2001|
|Retired Senior Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto||Dr. Virginia Weldon||Previously, member of FDA’s Metabolism and Endocrine Advisory Committee|
|Vice President, Public and Government Affairs||Linda Fisher||Deputy Administration EPA|
|Manager, New Technologies||Linda Watrud||USDA, EPA|
|Director, Monsanto Danforth Center||Roger Beachy||Director USDA, NIFA|