FW: Denounce US Biotech Appointment

Mark Jones jones118 at SPAMlineone.net
Fri Jun 2 17:03:20 MDT 2000

as long as we're talking Nader, here's this:

Mark Jones

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From: Biotech Activists [mailto:biotech_activists at iatp.org]
Sent: 02 June 2000 23:43
To: jones118 at lineone.net
Subject: Re: Denounce US Biotech Appointment

Biotech Activists (biotech_activists at iatp.org)    Posted: 06/02/2000  By
phil at uwtc.washington.edu

We need to do more.  There should be some organizing around this issue--to
delegitimate the body.

(BTW, on the EU side, Dan Leskin has played an important NGO role in the
Biosafety Protocol negotiations).


At 05:47 PM 6/1/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Biotech Activists (biotech_activists at iatp.org)    Posted:
>06/01/2000  By  mitchelcohen at mindspring.com
>MOTION: That the Greens (US & NY) and likely Green presidential candidate
>Ralph Nader denounce the White House's appointment of Carol Tucker Foreman
>to the Biotech Consultative Forum, and urge the US government to instead
>appoint the choice made by a number environmental groups -- Dr. Michael
>Hansen, of Consumer Union's Consumer Policy Institute -- to represent the
>interests of consumers on the Forum.
>(Submitted by Mitchel Cohen, Brooklyn Greens, Green Party of NY)
>Here's the Story:
>Ignoring the unanimous recommendation of consumer and agriculture groups
>concerned about biotechnology, the White House, with input from the US
>State Department, went ahead and appointed its own "consumer advocate" to
>the global Biotech Consultative Forum on May 31. While a number of groups
>had forwarded the name of Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumer Union's Consumer
>Policy Institute -- Dr. Hansen has testified before Congress and many other
>bodies exposing false claims made by the Monsanto Corporation pertaining to
>the company's manufacture of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone and other
>products; the company refuses to debate him on the issues -- the White
>House appointed Carol Tucker Foreman of the very dubious "Consumer
>Federation of America" isntead.
>Carol Foreman represents consumer interests about as much as Indonesia
>represents the interests of E. Timor. Her last private sector project
>involved working as a lobbyist for Monsanto. She is currently is working on
>a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, a heavy investor in biotechnology
>Rockefeller Foundation is represented by other Clinton/Gore appointees as
>well. With the exception of Becky Goldburg of the Environmental Defense
>Fund, there are no known critics of biotechnology appointed to the Board by
>the "environmental-friendly" Clinton/Gore administration. Corporate
>interests (including non-profit organizational mouthpieces for the biotech
>industry) are heavily weighted.
>Powerful Democratic lobbyist Carol Tucker Foreman last year left her
>lucrative lobbying firm and now heads up the food issues section, which
>includes Genetically Modified Organisms, for the Consumer Federation of
>America, a Greenwashing group which happily accepts food industry funding.
>She has since become a major player in international policy on genetically
>engineered food, with Rockefeller funding from Gordon Conway, apologist and
>promoter of Genetically Engineered crops.
>Foreman's many corporate clients have included Monsanto, Procter & Gamble,
>and other agribusiness and biotech companies, as well as the tobacco giant
>Philip Morris. PM is also the largest food corporation in the US.
>A search of Philip Morris documents on the web <www.pmdocs.com> reveals a
>1993 memo that lists the giant company's consultants for that year, with
>the dollar figure of $58,750.00 paid to Foreman's firm and the following
>description of her from document page 2046996749. (WRO probably refers to
>Philip Morris's Washington Regulatory Office):
>"Carol Foreman is one of the most respected consumer activists in
>town, formerly an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. (Her brother is
>governor of Arkansas). She has been useful, mostly with New York public
>affairs programs, in providing strategy and advice on various interest
>groups. This retainer could be transferred to New York. It was originated
>in Washington since so many of the groups, ie National Women's Political
>(caucus) are here and coordination between WRO and PM/NY help to maximize
>our interests." [Thanks to Robert Lederman for digging this up.]
>The U.S. and the EU today agreed to establish a Consultative Forum to
>review and assess the benefits and risks of biotechnology and prepare a
>report on these issues for the December 2000 U.S.-EU Summit.
>The Forum will include individuals from outside government covering a broad
>range of
>perspectives, expertise, and interests -- people with backgrounds in labor,
>academia, and business, including scientists, ethicists, environmental
>interests, farmers, and consumers. They will look at factors such as the
>food security needs of developing countries, food safety, health and the
>environment. The forum will complement the existing bilateral dialogue,
>including the U.S.-EU transatlantic "dialogues" between sectors of
>civil society (business, labor, consumer, environmental).
>Lack of public confidence in the European food safety system has led to
>paralysis on approval of biotech foods. Genetically engineered crops are
>significantly undermining progress on food security in developing nations
>causing uncertainty in markets around the world and harming U.S. farm
>exports, as well as generating potential health and environmental risks.
>The EU's prevention of U.S. corn exports to Spain and Portugal costs U.S.
>producers around $200 million per year in lost corn sales (since 1998). Two
>new EU labeling regulations came into effect in April, but have not been
>implemented because of the lack of testing methodologies, certifying labs
>and inspection procedures.
>In October 1999, President Clinton and European Commission
>President Prodi agreed to take new steps to address differences
>over biotechnology, both through high-level government to
>government dialogue and with input from civil society.  The leaders
>agreed to intensify U.S.-EU discussions on biotechnology in order to make
>progress on regulatory issues and to avoid and resolve trade problems.
>In December, the U.S. and the EU adopted a two-track approach.  First, they
>established government-to-government talks through a special session of the
>U.S.-EU Senior Level Group. While these talks began early in 2000, they
>have yet to achieve progress on market access issues. With this week's
>announcement, the United States and EU have succeeded in launching the
>Consultative Forum to advise on these issues and have agreed to address
>practical steps to facilitate market access.
>EU Members of the EU-US Biotechnology Consultative Forum:
>Derek Burke, Prof., is former Professor of Microbiology at Warwick
>University and retired Chair of UK Advisory Committee on Novel Foods.
>Susan Davies, is Principal Policy Adviser of the Consumers' Association.
>Noëlle Lenoir, is Chair of the European Group on Ethics in science and new
>Technology, European Union.
>Dan Leskien, is advisor to Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit on
>intellectual property rights and plant genetic resources in developing
>countries and permanent biotechnology advisor to Friends of the Earth.
>Måns Lönnroth, Ph.D., is Managing Director of MISTRA, the Swedish
>Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research and former State Secretary
>at the Swedish Ministry of the Environment.
>Ruud Lubbers, Prof., is Professor for Globalisation and Sustainable
>Development at the Catholic University Brabant (Tilburg University) and
>former Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
>Pedro Puigdoménech Rosell, Prof., is research Professor at the department
>of molecular genetics, Instituto de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona.
>Leonardo Santi, Prof., is President of the Advanced Biotechnology Center,
>Genoa, and Chairman of the National Committee for Biosafety and
>Biotechnology Presidency of Cabinet of Ministers Rome.
>Luis Vasconcelos e Souza, is President of the Portuguese Associations of
>Maize Producers and Vice-President of the European Association of Maize
>Eduard Veltkamp, Prof., is Senior Vice President, Business Research Foods,
>Unilever Research Laboratory Vlaardingen.
>U.S. Members of the US-EU Consultative Forum:
>Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., is currently Distinguished Professor of
>International Agriculture at Texas A&M University and won the Nobel Peace
>Prize in 1970 for his work on the "Green Revolution."
>Gordon Conway, Ph.D., is President of the Rockefeller Foundation and a
>world-renowned agricultural ecologist.
>Rebecca J. Goldburg, Ph.D., is Senior Scientist at Environmental Defense
>Cutberto Garza, M.D., Ph.D., is Vice Provost at Cornell University and
>Chair of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies Institute
>of Medicine.
>Jennie Hunter-Cevera, Ph.D., is the President of the University of
>Maryland´s Biotechnology Institute.
>Terry Medley, J.D., is the Director of Regulatory and External Affairs for
>Christopher Roland Somerville, Ph.D., is the Director of The Carnegie
>Institute´s Department of Plant Biology at Stanford University.
>Carol Tucker Foreman is the Director of the Food Policy Institute of the
>Consumer Federation of America.
>Ryland Frederick Utlaut farms corn, soybeans and wheat near Grand Pass,
>Missouri and is the past President of the National Corn Growers
>LeRoy B. Walters, Ph.D., is the Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics
>at Georgetown University.
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