GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD:
Unholy Alliances between Monsanto, Big Food, and their Government Shills
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones
…a recent Senate bill came with a nice bonus for the genetically modified seed industry: a rider, wholly unrelated to the underlying bill, that compels the USDA to ignore federal court decisions that block the agency’s approvals of new GM crops.
Which senator pushed the rider into the bill? Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has revealed to Politico's ace reporter David Rogers that he's the responsible party. Blunt even told Rogers that he “worked with” GMO seed giant Monsanto to craft the rider. The admission shines a light on Blunt’s ties to Monsanto, whose office is located in the senator’s home state. According to OpenSecrets, Monsanto first started contributing to Blunt back in 2008…
…Blunt’s connections to lobbyists extend to his family. His wife, Abigail Blunt, serves as head of US government affairs for the processed food giant Kraft. In 2012, the Hill placed Abigail Blunt on annual its list of “top lobbyists.” That same year, Kraft joined Monsanto in shoveling cash into the effort to defeat California’s Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of GMO ingredients in food...
…And Blunt’s son Matt, now the US auto industry’s top lobbyist, served as governor of Missouri in the mid-aughts. During his tenure there, Gov. Blunt earned the praise of the state’s powerful biotech industry, which is anchored by St. Louis-based Monsanto. He was honored with an “Award for Leadership Excellence” by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), an industry group led by Monsanto and its peers.
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