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The Fox is On the Henhouse Transition Team?

by: Jill Richardson

Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 10:33:14 AM PST


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Today's dose of Tom Philpott brings word that Obama's graciously invited a well-known "fox" to serve on his transition team. How will the henhouse ever be safe now?

The transition named its "team members" looking at energy and natural resources agencies, which includes USDA. The list includes Michael R. Taylor, a man who spent his career bouncing between the employ of GMO-seed giant Monsanto and Bill Clinton's 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.

Could he be the reason behind consideration of rBGH-loving Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff for a post at USDA? (Wolff not only attempted to ban rBGH-free labels in Pennsylvania, he has also worked to deprive communities the right to ban toxic sewage sludge, factory farms, and GMOs.)

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What's going on? (4.00 / 2)
Is this really the advice he's getting? And why? I'm sure there are really good choices out there.  

The why... (4.00 / 1)
is because food / agricultural issues are still sadly seen as one place where many Democrats in the mainstream think it may be wise to throw a few bones to Big Business, and agricultural issues are still also the place least likely to cause huge public uproars.

It's not a sexy issue, it rarely grabs headlines in the sensationalist personality-driven mainstream press...and Obama and his people may even honestly (at least on some issues) believe in "better eating through chemistry".

Proves that we still have quite a ways to go to get to where we need to be.


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I feel like the Dems who get elected from ag states (4.00 / 1)
are in the pockets of big ag, and the Dems from non-ag areas (understandably) feel like they need to defer to Dems from ag areas. We need to change that with the idea that we ALL eat so we all have a stake in ag issues.

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Oh, and... (4.00 / 1)
Yes, there are definitely better choices out there.

But I'm holding out for Interior Secretary, heh...


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