When governments abandon the public interest — look out for your own health

From Helke Ferrie, in Vitality Magazine:

Our Constitution guarantees that the laws, from which our government derives its mandate, shall work in the “public interest.” In actuality, this mandate is mostly an experience of illusion for the public, because the government and its agencies prove to be chronically delusional. The difference between an illusion and a delusion is that an illusion is a misconception, sometimes based on deception; illusions are correctable through reality checks. A delusion, on the other hand, refers to a belief maintained despite contradictory proof. Delusional views and policies refuse to be confused by the facts.[1] Shedding illusions is the first step towards eliminating delusions. True, this is hard slogging, often painful, extremely frustrating, but unfailingly liberating. So, here we go!

Reality Check

Visiting the Health Canada website is an alarming experience: their self-congratulatory propaganda asserts “leading edge” health science is available to us all, that its workers are “minimizing risk, maximizing safety” of all those “safe, effective, high quality pharmaceuticals” to achieve Health Canada’s “goal of giving Canadians faster access to more new pharmaceuticals while continuing to focus on public safety.” Health Canada also seriously asserts that: “Canadians [are involved] directly in shaping biotechnology policies.” Similar operatic arias on keeping us safe from microwave radiation amaze and astound.

In fact, it’s the the FDA in the U.S. that first approves all drugs and medical devices, bio-engineered plants, and vaccines which then become available in (or disappear from) Canada, and issues all post-marketing warnings (if unavoidable, initiates market withdrawal) – we do not evaluate anything whatsoever independently, let alone subject drugs and devices to made-in-Canada policies created through consultation with Canadians….”

Read more in Vitality Magazine.

Yet another example from another source — Jon Rappoport, on Obama’s promotion of Monsanto and GMOs:

“After his victory in the 2008 election, Obama filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:

At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had previously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.

We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.

Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.

The deck was stacked. Obama hadn’t simply made honest mistakes. Obama hadn’t just failed to exercise proper oversight in selecting appointees. He was staking out territory on behalf of Monsanto and other GMO corporate giants.

And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let’s see what GMO crops have walked through the open door of the Obama presidency.

Monsanto GMO alfalfa.

Monsanto GMO sugar beets.

Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.

Coming soon: Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.

Syngenta GMO stacked corn.

Pioneer GMO soybean.

Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.

Bayer GMO cotton.

ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.

A GMO papaya strain.

And soon, genetically engineered salmon and apples.

This is an extraordinary parade….”

More on Jon Rappoport’s blog.

2 Comments

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2 responses to “When governments abandon the public interest — look out for your own health

  1. Beverley Viljakainen

    Thanks so much for bringing this excellent, well-referenced article to our attention.

  2. thebovine

    You’re welcome.

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