Farmers vs. Monsanto

I watched a documentary a few years ago called The Future of Food, an eye-opening film about genetically modified foods (or GMOs).  Some people have called it corporate bioterrorism.

While I remember being quite frustrated with my own ignorance by the time the film was even halfway through, I know that by the end I was just plain angry.  I wasn’t angry at myself because, let’s face it, it is never too late to start learning and becoming more informed (and that’s exactly what I started doing), but I was infuriated with a corporate giant called Monsanto.

Maybe you’ve heard of them. Maybe you haven’t.  But you may be surprised to learn Monsanto has taken over almost everything you put inside your body.  It is quite a shock to discover, all of sudden, that every choice you thought you had made about your own food (whether grown from packaged seeds or purchased at the store) was really a choice already made for you. You just didn’t know it. And because of those choices (a term I’ll use loosely here), you have unknowingly been contributing to the demise of our country’s agricultural livelihood.

If you would like to learn more for yourself, please check out the links below. The first two links will take you directly to some of the more popular and most informative documentaries on the subject.  The last link will direct you to Food Democracy Now!, an organization committed to protecting our food, our natural environment, our farmers, and our families.

The Future of Food
The World According to Monsanto
Food Democracy Now!

Food Democracy Now! is asking for your help to support farmers as they face the corporate bully known as Monsanto on January 31st in a lawsuit designed to protect our farmers from “genetic trespass”, a tactic developed by Monsanto decades ago and that lawfully allows the company to invade conventional and organic crops with their own patented seeds by way of wind.  How convenient and, sadly, it is completely legal.


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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6 Responses to Farmers vs. Monsanto

  1. Kristi says:

    When teaching my comp students about argument and debate, I have them read opposing articles on GMOs. Of course everyone agrees completely with whatever article they’re given (I’m guess freshmen haven’t learned to question yet?). Then they research the findings behind the articles (pro gmo is often very skewed) and the fun begins. I’ve also always had at least one farmer’s kid in each class, which proves to be even more interesting, and it’s fun to watch them begin to question everything they’ve been told, everything they know, etc. I’m definitely going to make sure I keep these sites in mind.

  2. bfryern1 says:

    The sad thing is that most of the people don’t know about it. Right now 86% of the corn and 93% of soybeans contain GMO’s along with 70% of processed foods in America. GMO’s are supposed to be identified by an 8 at the beginning of a 5-digit code number but it is not always adhered to. Thanks for standing up for our right to have “natural” foods grown organically.

    • Dena says:

      I can’t remember where I read it, but the words “conventional” and “organic” have come to represent two completely opposite methods of farming when, in actuality, organic IS the conventional way of farming. We’ve all become so trained to think they’re different. I think “industrial” should be the opposite of “conventional” and “organic”, as one method. Thanks for your info 🙂

  3. Shirley Caputo says:

    Thank you for posting Dena. I was thinking about “organic” farming the other day and you are so right – it was the original way to farm. That’s how everyone farmed long ago. Now, we must be so concerned with what we put in our mouth, thanks to giant corporations like Monsanto, who’s goal is money, certainly not our health. I have hated Monsanto since the 70’s when I found out they helped make the chemicals for Agent Orange which was sprayed as a defoilant in Viet Nam. It poisoned so many Vietnamese as well as our own Veterans. Monsanto is relentless in their goal of poisoning the Earth. It’s so, so sad. We must stand up to them.

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