Essay on A Revolving Door, Round It Goes

2107 Words Nov 8th, 2016 9 Pages
A revolving door, round it goes. Similar to conflicts of interests, this political issue occurs when there is a circulating flow between government officials and industry employees, representatives, or lobbyists. When there is a vacancy within a federal agency to regulate the food industry, look no further than the industry’s corporate leaders. But how did this never ending cycle begin? Is it causing any damage? The revolving door phenomenon between the food industry and Monsanto evolved from the development of genetically engineered foods and has since negatively impacted public health, the environment, and the economy.
The revolving door has flourished in federal agencies responsible for regulating the food industry such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many of the officials in charge of creating and enforcing regulations often come from mega-corporations such as Monsanto, one of the global leaders in genetically modified products. A familiar and perfect example of the revolving door is the professional career of Michael Taylor, the former Deputy Commissioner for the FDA. Taylor worked interchangeably between Monsanto and the federal agencies responsible for regulating Monsanto (Huff 1). Starting his career as a lawyer, he worked as a council member for FDA before working at a private firm that represented Monsanto. After being hired as the Deputy Commissioner of Policy for the FDA, a position that gave him…

Related Documents