How did Michael Taylor ex Vice President lawyer and lobbyist for Monsanto get hired to counsel the FDA?
Whether it is good or bad, the fact remains that many presidents have hired former lobbyists, former advocates for private industry, and former executives from Wall Street or …from chemical companies. Michael Taylor is regarded as controversial by some people because of what you mentioned in your question: his work for Monsanto. As a company, Monsanto is controversial among conservationists and some consumer advocates, due to its policy of creating and promoting genetically modified foods. In fact, there has been a petition on the White House website asking that Mr. Taylor, who was appointed back in 2009, be removed. But it should also be pointed out that Mr. Taylor has a history of work as an expert on food-safety, and this is not his first time at the FDA. He has worked there several times, for previous administrations. In fact, some food-safety and nutrition advocates have praised him for his efforts over the past fifteen years. It seems the controversy is more about his work for Monsanto than about his well-documented efforts to promote tighter standards and give the FDA more oversight power. (MORE)