US Solicitor General Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court, is the most recent in a long line of pro-biotech Obama appointees, including USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Roger Beachy, FDA senior food safety adviser Michael Taylor, USTR Agricultural Negotiator Islam Siddiqui, and USAID director Rajiv Shah.
More than 200,000 NGOs, farmers, consumers, and organic producers have asked the USDA to prohibit genetically engineered alfalfa. Organic Consumers Association members took action against GE alfalfa, sending 36,420 letters to decision makers.
As Solicitor General, Kagan is supposed to represent the interests of the American people in matters that come before the Supreme Court. Instead, she went to bat for Monsanto.
Agriculture policy has never been used as a litmus test by Senators vetting Supreme Court nominees, but, given recent evidence that genetically engineered food causes sterility, and the damage Monsanto’s RoundUp is doing, creating herbicide-resistant super weeds and ravaging the root systems of Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” plants, Kagan’s position on agriculture policy has never been more important. President Obama’s pick is even more troubling in light of a White House panel’s warning that consumers should go organic to avoid the carcinogenic pesticides that lace conventional and genetically engineered food.