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Will the “Father” of Monsanto’s GMO Business Lead the State Department?

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Yes, we’re referring to Mitt Romney.

Last week President-elect Donald Trump met with Mitt Romney. The transition team describes him as one of four leading candidates for Secretary of State.

Mitt Romney was, of course, the Republican presidential nominee who lost to Barack Obama in 2012. He was also the governor of Massachusetts, sponsored “Romneycare” (the model for Obamacare), and had a lucrative business career at Bain Consulting and then Bain Capital.

What many might not know about Romney, however, is that he played a key role in introducing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the world.

Some context: In the 1970s, Monsanto was in crisis. It was predominantly a chemical company, and the US had just banned PCBs (industrial coolants)—chemicals over which the company had enjoyed a decades-long near monopoly. Monsanto had allegedly covered up the dangers of PCBs for years and was facing multiple lawsuits. The company was also heavily invested in DDT, which was banned in 1972, creating yet another public relations and legal nightmare.

It was at this time that Monsanto began working with Bain, a consulting firm, and young consultant Mitt Romney dreamed up the idea of steering Monsanto away from the chemical business and into the emerging biotech business—GMOs and Roundup in particular. The rest is history.

Well, what does the State Department have to do with Monsanto? A lot, actually. Emails released by Wikileaks reveal that the State Department has been acting as the “de facto global marketing arm” of Monsanto and the biotech industry for years. State Department communications from embassies around the world show US diplomats attempting to strong-arm foreign countries into accepting Monsanto’s control over their agriculture.

Reuters reported that “one 2009 cable shows the embassy in Spain seeking ‘high-level US government intervention’ at the ‘urgent request’ of Monsanto to combat biotech crop opponents there.” Our ambassador in France was also looking for punitive measures to use against countries that did not play ball. Do we really want to put Romney in charge of this?

 

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Are We Being Lied to about Vaccine Efficacy?

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  • Wendy Allen

    Trump needs to ask them about their views on GMO. Trump didn’t want GMO’s.

    • Danglen

      I hope he’s keeping R on a string, teasing him with the appointment only to dump him when R thinks he’s got it in the bag.

      • Wendy Allen

        People maybe on their best behavior if they are considered for the appointment. It is like respect that may change people. Make enemies friends…unite all so no opposition maybe Trump’s way.

        • acumenata

          I’ll check back in with you in 4 years to see if you’re sill singing the same tune after Scott Pruitt, Trump’s appointee to head the EPA, uses the power of his windfall appointment to dismantle our environmental protection laws.

          Use the interim time to kiss clean air and water goodbye, get used to the taste of lead and mercury in your water, and learn to love fracking.

          • Wendy Allen

            EPA has not protected us or FDA or other organizations. Chemicals/Roundup/pesticides/boxed food that destroys health/
            GMO etc…all have happened under Democratic party. I voted for Bernie Sanders, but will take Trump who may get the corruption out of Washington. He may get them to ban GMO/Roundup/Fracking/forced vaccines.

          • acumenata

            You’re projecting your own values on an incoming President who doesn’t give a crap about them. Have you taken time to educate yourself about the man he’s going to hand your environment to?

            Here’s what Greenpeace says:
            “By appointing Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Trump is putting America at risk. Pruitt is a pure product of the oil and gas industry, installed in successive government posts to sell out his constituents at every turn. He will push this country far behind the rest of the world in the race for 21st century clean energy. With Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, the people and the environment will be in the hands of a man who cares about neither.”

            Here’s a weigh-in from the Natural Resources Defense Council:
            “The mission of the EPA and its administrator requires an absolute commitment to safeguard public health and protect our air, land, water and planet. That’s the litmus test. By naming Pruitt, President-elect Trump has flunked, Over the past five years, Pruitt has used his position as Oklahoma’s top prosecutor to sue the EPA in a series of attempts to deny Americans the benefits of reducing mercury, arsenic and other toxins from the air we breathe; cutting smog that can cause asthma attacks; and protecting our wetlands and streams.”

            Here’s Pruitt’s May, 2016 statement about fracking in his own state:
            “As natural gas becomes increasingly affordable, it becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to coal. We are a leading innovator in natural gas production through hydraulic fracking, a technological innovation that has done more to reduce carbon emissions in this country than any other technological advancement of our time.”

            Wake up.

          • Wendy Allen

            Wake up! Trump is great! Trump said no GMO/Fracking/forced vaccines before he ran for office. He knew what the internet was saying and knew the issues hurting us. I had to stop environmental groups who badmouthed Trump and were rude. I wanted the environment protected, but they are assuming many things and talking disrespectfully. Too bad since they can’t judge. Trump is open to changes. Let him figure things out that need help.

          • acumenata

            You got one thing right. He spent a lot of time on the internet and knew how what play to the audience. He’s a showman. But I digress. Tell me, do you like the sounds of the man he is putting in charge of the environment? Do you think he’s great, too?

          • Wendy Allen

            Trump knows the issues affecting us. I was a science teacher…love nature/environment and want them protected, but assuming things about Trump is not good.

          • acumenata

            If you were a science teacher, then you surely you know the difference between assumption and Bayesian inference (probability based on priors). You also know about about the law of inertia. The same applies to people who have exhibited consistent behaviors over long periods of time.

            Based on the evidence of their track records, the probability of Trump and/or his appointees suddenly abandoning their career-long mindsets, missions, proclivities and predilections is about as high as the probability of you abandoning alternative medicine and telling people it’s OK to eat at McDonald’s.

            You are far more confident than most of the world about Trump’s grasp of the issues affecting us. This isn’t just about America and Americans. The global community is viewing this upcoming US presidency and administration with a great deal of apprehension. It is not unfounded concern.

          • Wendy Allen

            You hear fake news and then assume things. Trump is not the person you think he is. Wake up!

          • acumenata

            No, Wendy, I don’t hear fake news and assume things. If the topic is assumption, you couldn’t have made make a more inaccurate one. I am not exposed to even a fraction of the media spin, hype and opinionated conversation that the average American is consciously or unconsciously absorbing on a daily basis.

            Your quickness to attribute a differing viewpoint to ‘fake news’ is interesting. There are automated tracking systems that monitor trending words. “Fake news” happens to be one of the most frequently repeated buzzwords in the US this week. It reached peak popularity in US media, social media and Google searches in the past two days. Prior to November 13, use of the term was barely measurable. Do you think you’re not being influenced by media in ways that make you assume things? Think again.

          • Wendy Allen

            The truth is awesome. Listen to it sometime.

  • super thanks

    drump only had the romney meetings to humiliate him, has nothing to do with picking him for sos. “come and kiss my a$$ now that I won the election”

  • SSE

    I did not know this relation to Romney. I think it says two things overall: 1st-Monsanto gets involved time after time with noxious products which prove harmful; 2nd-Romney was very successful promoting businesses which had hit problems. Unfortunately, Romney got involved in something that has turned into what we see today, Monsanto pushing its toxic products on an unwilling world, using government to achieve its domination.

  • CAWS

    They never would have got the go ahead for GMO seed patenting if not for George Bush Sr, Dan Quayle and most importantly Supreme court justice & former Monsatan head counsel Clarence Thomas who cast the deciding vote to change patent law to allow this.