But two months ago, a French court annulled the ban because of insufficient evidence of toxicity. Nonetheless, the government has decided to continue the ban and Monsanto has given up the fight.
The French decision has reanimated outrage because of President Obama's appointment in 2009 of Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto vice president, as senior adviser to the FDA. Taylor was described this way by one activist:
“The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar. This is no joke.”
Now, Fredrick Ravid, an Atlanta financial analyst, has begun a petition to have Taylor removed from his position. The petition includes a thorough summary of the dangers posed by genetically modified food and Taylor's involvement in promoting it. The closing words of the petition, addressed to Obama, are:
Monsanto's objective to use biotechnology to change the world's food supply is the opposite policy direction your administration should pursue. Your legacy of supporting Monsanto to have free rein in U.S. food policy is a nightmare scenario that is against the interest of all Americans and world citizens.
The petition at this writing has collected more than 176,000 signatures, with a goal of 200,000 in mind.
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