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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: obama, food, chemical agribusiness, politics, biotechnologies, unfair trade deals )

Jelica
- 1720 days ago - action.foodandwaterwatch.org
President Obama has nominated two chemical agribusiness cronies for high level positions. It's time to stop appointing people who are going to push chemical-intensive industrial agriculture, inappropriate biotechnologies and unfair trade deals that put pr



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Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday November 10, 2009, 4:15 pm
Stop the Chemical Industry's Revolving Door to the White House

Tell President Obama to reject Monsanto and Crop Life appointments

President Obama has nominated two chemical agribusiness cronies for high level positions. It's time to stop appointing people who are going to push chemical-intensive industrial agriculture, inappropriate biotechnologies and unfair trade deals that put profits before people. Can you ask President Obama to withdraw his nominations and replace them with candidates who have a sustainable vision for U.S. agriculture and trade?

Islam Siddiqui, CropLife's current vice president of science and regulatory affairs has been nominated as Chief Agriculture Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative's office and Roger Beachy, former head of Monsanto's de facto nonprofit research arm has been appointed as director of the new National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). These are two textbook cases of the "revolving door" between industry and the agencies meant to keep watch; Siddiqui and Beachy's industry ties demonstrate that both men are too beholden to corporate agriculture to serve the public interest.

Siddiqui was a paid lobbyist for three years for Croplife America, which represents the chemical pesticide industry. Members include Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta. More recently CropLife launched a letter-writing campaign urging the First Lady to use chemical pesticides in the organic White House garden. If that wasn't enough, Siddiqui's past service at the USDA included overseeing the initial development of national organic food standards that would have allowed GMOs and toxic sludge to be labeled "organic"- until over 230,000 consumers forced their revision.

Beachy's previous career running the Danforth Plant Science Center, a nonprofit closely linked to and funded by Monsanto, is just as bad. With this appointment we can expect billions more in government funding to be funneled into genetic engineering and chemical pesticide research. Meanwhile the real solutions to our growing agricultural problems, provided by sustainable and organic agriculture research, will suffer from a lack of federal funding and attention.

Tell President Obama to withdraw these revolving door nominations.

Thanks for taking action,

Sarah, Noelle, Alex and the Food Team
Food & Water Watch
goodfood(at)fwwatch.org
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 10, 2009, 4:17 pm
Thanks for taking action to stop the revolving door.

Thank you Jelica
 

Shirley S. (172)
Wednesday November 11, 2009, 1:23 am
Noted & signed
 

Gemma H. (48)
Wednesday November 11, 2009, 6:30 pm
Noted & signed ~ Thanks Jelica
 

. (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 9:42 am
Thannnxx Jelica... lets hope there will be a change in their environmental politics when it comes to chemicals
 

Sara R. (0)
Tuesday November 17, 2009, 1:50 am
Thank you so much for sharing this nice information Jelica.. I really appreciate that you are posting the blog to stop the revolving door. Its really a very nice..

memoire pc
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday November 17, 2009, 7:39 pm
Gaily, I don't Mr. Siddiqui and Mr. Beachy they will ever change heir opinion. Why? They worked in industries they now have to supervise and hold accountable for doing what those two gentlemen were doing until yesterday and have build reputation and resume which took them to their current position.
And if they change their attitude now, it will be as if they deny all they have done all their professional life.
This is not not going to happen.
 
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