Just yesterday I said this about Roger Beachy getting appointed to head up the new National Institute of Food and Agriculture:
He’s spent his entire life working in the public and non-profit sectors (places like Cornell, Wash U, the Scripps Institute, and most recently president of the Danforth Plant Science Center). Can you imagine the screaming if Obama had picked someone who’d ever worked in industry to head up the NIFA?
But of course it couldn’t be that easy. It turns out people like Tom Philpott are quite capable of branding Beachy as a Monsanto insider regardless.