Wednesday, June 8, 2011

8 June 1957 “Peril On Your Food Shelf: A 1951 Article and the FDA today”

fda1 This is an interesting article from one of my 1951 magazines. It is apparent here that such topics with actual facts found themselves even in ‘ladies magazines’. It is also apparent that we expected our government to be out to protect our interest and not just those of big business. The article is quite interesting.

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Now, today the FDA is simply peopled with former employees of the large corporations in which they are meant to monitor. Monsanto, whom I have spoken of before, affects many aspects of food from the farm itself to the chemicals allowed to be put in. They set mandates for how farms in the US HAVE to be set up and run (and it is not for the benefit of the animal NOR the human who shall be eating it).

Some interesting facts concerning Monsanto (just one of the many involved in FDA):

This excerpt from a Monsanto newsletter lets us see we should be less concerned about rather we are Republican or Democrat, as it seems it matters little now. It is more about who is in the pocket of what company:

"Agricultural biotechnology will find a supporter occupying the White House next year, regardless of which candidate win the election in November"
- Monsanto Inhouse Newsletter, 2000

This was also from the mouths of Monsanto:

A Monsanto official told the New York Times that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products. "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

However, the FDA is part of Monsanto and other such companies. For example:

monsantothomas The supreme court judge Clarence Thomas was previously Monsanto’s lawyer.

monsantovenemon The once US secretary of Agriculture was on the  Board of Directors of Monsanto's Calgene Corporation.

monsantorumsfield The once Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Searle pharmaceuticals.

“In order for the FDA to determine if Monsanto's growth hormones were safe or not, Monsanto was required to submit a scientific report on that topic. Margaret Miller, one of Monsanto's researchers put the report together. Shortly before the report submission, Miller left Monsanto and was hired by the FDA. Her first job for the FDA was to determine whether or not to approve the report she wrote for Monsanto. In short, Monsanto approved its own report. Assisting Miller was another former Monsanto researcher, Susan Sechen. Deciding whether or not rBGH-derived milk should be labeled fell under the jurisdiction of another FDA official, Michael Taylor, who previously worked as a lawyer for Monsanto.”

I honestly worry about all of us. It matters little what political party we might support or what we think of various issues, but our health is utmost and important to all. I fear we are so distracted, intentionally so, in today’s world with ‘Entertainment’ and gadgets to keep us busy (the baby with the jangling keys while Doctor gives him his shot) to not pay attention to the real problems facing our country. I try not to be political, but when it concerns the home and that main staple of the home, the food we eat, it is best that we throw out party lines and silly squabbles and begin to pay attention to how our food is grown, who decides how we must grow it, and how it is processed and how it is made. What chemicals go into making it from the animal to the laboratory.

Here is a scary list of “natural” product companies associated with Monsanto:

Brand Name(s): Arrowhead Mills, Bearitos, Breadshop, Celestial Seasonings, Earth's Best Baby Food, Garden of Eatin, Health Valley, Imagine Foods, Terra Chips, Westbrae, Millina's, Mountain Sun, Shari Ann's, Walnut Acres Owned By: Hain Food Group Principle Stockholders: Bank of America, Entergy Nuclear, ExxonMobil, H.J. Heinz, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Monsanto, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Walmart, Waste Mangement Inc. Significantly Owned By: Citigroup

I think I will close with this excerpt from the funny 1981 movie starring Lily Tomlin, “The incredibly Shrinking Woman” who finds herself in peril due to all the chemicals in her daily life in the modern suburb.


  1. I saw a documentary regarding Monsanto and what pissed me off the most were the poor farmers who's fields were next to Monsanto crops. Monsanto was suing them because wind and bees (ie: NATURE) was messing with the seeds on both sides. Isnt that CRAZY! Thanks for letting me know the companies associated with Monsanto.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  2. back in the day the government was not involved enough to make a difference. They fixed that, and took it way over board. Now days it's at the point where Gov has to ALLOW me to work at a fast food joint. I have to pass one of their tests. blah, too much regulation now!

  3. What is scary is that even with the amount of information available to us about the blatant corruption between Monsanto and the FDA, no one in a position to do something about it (i.e. elected officials) are willing to do anything about it. That's why there's such a growing movement of people who realize it's time to take their food and health into their own hands (i.e. raw milk and getting around the law). The government sold us out decades ago and doesn't care about its citizens. The debates and stupid crackdowns over raw milk is just one example.

    I'd like to think that the more people learn about this and make their complaints heard, the more things will change, but I'm losing hope. It doesn't matter who is elected where, they're all greedy and corrupt. Bah. Feeling a little bitter today, obviously.

  4. Also what is scary is that the danger of harmful chemicals was already being realized via this article in 1951....and what has changed since then? Nothing!

  5. Atley-I think what happened is Government and Big Business became one in the same. Now when they talk about not wanting to have the government not involved its just another way to exclude us, the people. Government was meant to be 'we the people', but since we live in a system that allows lobbying (which is literally buying your place in government decisions) there really isn't anyone looking out for WE the people. Sad, really.
    Betsy, you are right I am at that point as well, where I am not sure what we can do to affect the whole. It is so far out of our hands and so many decisions are made without our consent and so much of the country is literally run by a few key companies that it is downright scary. This has been going on for some time. Literally since the 1970's when we lost the gold standard and the Federal Reserve gained so much power (they the are not the actual government). All we can do is try to get around various laws like the raw milk law.
    Our local farm struggles to remain open to the public. Every year they change requirements for 'health' that are too expensive for the average farmer and so that is why all the large farms are simply the few families who are hanging on by a thread under the powerful thumb of Monsanto and their ilk. The time of the right to get land and do what you want is gone.
    I recently was awakened to how little rights we have as 'land owners' when I was faced with evicting my tenants. I literally could be arrested or taken to court to try and get my home back. It makes me wonder what rights we have for any of our homes or land we own. Are there government regulations that could just seize the land or take it if it felt it was 'necessary to the country' which could mean anything. I know of farmers who had land taken for pennies during the war (farms) for 'war time' and they never were given it back. It is a scary time.
    That is why we must keep our chins up and our eyes on the nation to see what we can do. IT is sad that we, the people, must rush and sneak about to try and live in a system not set up to really be there for any of us.
    I hope this topic isn't bad to discuss here, but I do think that the health of our food IS important to mothers and homemakers, don't you? And if we can't change it at least being aware and trying to work around with it with other 'little guys' like local farms or neighbors with chickens or a goat or a farmers market in a city etc. Just be leery of any 'health food' sold nation wide that has the hint of 'chain or corporation' to it. I know for example Nestle owns and has acquired quite a bit of various 'health food' companies over the years. We are unaware of how much monopolies affect our daily life.

  6. I was aware of the issues regarding Mosanto from watching food documentaries. But I was not aware of their involvement in certain "natural" brands - oh my! Our local farmers markets are open again and I'm so happy to support our local farmers by buying local, organically-grown fruits and vegetables along with grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs. As a wife/mother/home keeper, I do think its important to provide the best food for my family that I can. The kids do enjoy accompanying me to the market. And its so wonderful to bring those local goodies back home and prepare meals with them.

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper


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