Political support for corporate Monsanto which has openly asserted that it need not vouch for the safety of its product

The European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of a study by French scientists linking GM corn to cancer has been widely reported.

This verdict has prompted several journalists to recall and quote the words of director of corporate communications for Monsanto, Phil Angell, who “summed up his company’s take on the issue” in a report by food author Michael Pollan for New York Times Magazine in 1998:

“Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

Ethically bankrupt but legally in the clear? 

 

Though written in the ‘90s, this article is well worth reading and filing: Michael Pollan, “Playing God in the Garden” New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.

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Posted on December 9, 2012, in Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yes. Monsanto is only too aware that the EFSA is a revolving door with the biotec industry.

    The perfect stitch up.

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