You may recall from previous posts the role Michael Taylor played in affecting your food. As of January 2010, the new Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA is none other than Michael R. Taylor. Good ole’ Mike. Mikey mike mike. The Mikester. Mikemonger. The Mike-man makin’ messages.
One may feel a special closeness – a bond even – with this guy. After all, if you recall, in November 1993 during the Clinton administration, while in the FDA, he helped put Bovine Growth Hormone into your milk. Taylor was the leader (I use that word loosely) in banning the labeling of GM products. Oh, and for more than ten years he worked for Monsanto. He was intimately involved in some bad food policy, which makes you, the consumer, intimately involved with the outcome of his decisions.
Here’s some scoop on Mike Taylor and other government associations with Monsanto
In 1994, the FDA, while in the sack with Monsanto put out a message to grocery stores and dairy farmers who weren’t using rBGH:
Do not label milk as free of the hormone.
Shortly thereafter (within a matter of weeks) Monsanto sued two milk processors that labeled milk as free of the hormone according to a New York Times article.