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Dear Mr. President,
Over the past week or so, there has been a great deal of chatter on Facebook about Monsanto, GMO's and Whole Foods.
The entire issue is very confusing and complex, and it's difficult to get at what's actually going on with regard to government regulation of GMO's and biotech companies like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Syngenta, et al.
My concern is that unregulated and unsupervised, these companies are potentially harming the environment, the balance of ecosystems, our food supply, and ultimately the health of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Because of the unknown implications/ramifications of this research and technology (much of which is apparently already being implemented into widespread use) - I feel that a danger exists to all flora and fauna and the ecosystems of the entire planet.
We have many, many very grave issues before us, and I appreciate the monumental job you have before you. When everything on the to-do list is of the highest priority - well, I do feel for the huge responsibilities you face.
If you could point me to an agency website, or if a staffer could fill me in on this (very broad) topic as far as your administration is concerned - your specific policy towards GMO's - and your specific regulatory approvals and other actions within the USDA and possibly other departments (such as the EPA), I would appreciate it.
I'm also concerned about Tom Vilsack's close ties to Monsanto and the biotech industry.
It also appears that several former Monsanto executives/employees have been appointed/hired to key positions within the USDA. Not to question your judgement in this matter, but this smacks of, well, the old "inside the beltway" of doing things.
I would like a specific response to your reasoning behind appointing industry insiders to key positions within your administration - where these individuals may be inclined to steer policy in favor of their former employer/industry, in lieu of steering policy/regulations in a direction that provides the maximum benefit for "We The People" and the (hopefully) wholesome ecosystems we all depend on for healthy life and sustenance.
For reference, here are the two articles that I read on Facebook this morning that prompted this letter to you.
A story that appears to get at the heart of the Whole Foods/Monstato/GMO/USDA matter: http://goo.gl/AUwMe
and from a year ago, an ABC news story about the deregulation of GMO alfalfa: http://goo.gl/o28Nx
Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work. But, and there always is a but, you can do better.
Alex T. Fuego
(I'll let y'all know when I receive a response...)
Here are two more really good articles from mi amigo Colby:
"Did Whole Foods Sell Out to Monsanto? The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: Now What?"
"19 Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Disruption"
And lastly, the link to write to the President, your Senators, and Representatives...and State Governors and State Legislators as well...