from Ted Greiner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I assume most of you saw the Lancet editorial about 3 weeks ago
asking Kofi Annan to take this appointment seriously, to do it
in a more transparent way, and not to automatically take an
American. Looks like that effort was in vain.
Note in the info immediately below from opensecrets.org that Ve-
neman served on a Nestle-funded organization as well as the
board of the first company to get a GM vegetable onto US super-
Ann M. Veneman
Agriculture Secretary (2001-2005)
Calgene/Monsanto; Pharmacia; Pfizer
Ann Veneman announced after the 2004 elections that she was
stepping down. She was replaced by Michael Johanns.
Between her tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (under
President George H.W. Bush) and being named head of California's
Department of Food and Agriculture in 1995, Ann Veneman served
on the board of directors for Calgene Inc. In 1994, Calgene be-
came the first company to bring genetically-engineered food, the
Flavr Savr tomato, to supermarket shelves. Calgene was bought
out by Monsanto, the nation's leading biotech company, in 1997.
Monsanto eventually merged with Pharmacia, and Pharmacia was
bought out by drug giant Pfizer in 2003. Veneman also served on
the International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade,
a group funded by Cargill, Nestle, Kraft, and Archer Daniels