Another Monsanto Shill Appointed to Important Government Position

President Obama has announced that he will recess appoint Islam A. Siddiqui to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Siddiqui is a pesticide lobbyist and Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, an agribusiness lobbying group that represents Monsanto.

 

Siddiqui’s record has revealed him to consistently favor agribusinesses’ interests over the interests of consumers, the environment and public health.

 

The United States urgently needs a trade negotiator who understands that current trade agreements work neither for farmers nor the world’s hungry. The U.S. needs a new, sustainable model of biodiverse, ecologically-based agriculture that regenerates soil health, sequesters carbon, feeds communities, protects farmworkers and puts profits back in the hands of family farmers and rural communities. Siddiqui’s track record shows that he favors none of these solutions.

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