Monday, June 10, 2013

Give Me Monsanto or Give Me Death



There are many things in life that can poison us beginning with the air we breath and water we drink. Shall we now act to eliminate all industry so that we could all drink "organic" water and breath "organic" air? Right now small farmers and big corporations throughout the United States and the world are hard at work producing food for not only their entire nation but also for many parts of the world. Yet some of us protest GMO's and the use of pesticides and herbicides in this process.

If they all returned to organic farming, food production would drop immensely. Not only would food prices soar to near unaffordable prices but much of the world would go hungry. We would witness famines of biblical proportions throughout the world. So now you must ask yourselves. Is it better to be subjected to trace yet safe amounts of poisons or to cut them entirely out of our diets and observe much of our society fall into poverty and while the rest of the world perishes from starvation?

And that little thing about Agent Orange? Finding Monsanto culpable for inventing Agent Orange is no different than blaming Colt for manufacturing M16's or Northrop for building drones and warships.

No I am not saying all of Monsanto's practices and products are perfectly safe but we are all better off because of what they produce. Give me Monsanto or give me death.

The following three films are all well known Monsanto documentaries. I am not saying their messages are all false but they do deliberately focus on and spew anti-Monsanto propaganda.


The following short video is by Dusty Smith who defends Monsanto and their genetically modified organics (GMO foods) while discussing all the unwarranted hysteria behind it. I deliberately did not touch on this subject because he does a brilliant job of addressing it.



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6 comments:

  1. The problem with the logic in this post is that the levels humans are exposed to in GMOs and the water they drink ARE harmful, over a prolonged period of exposure. Sure, it won't fuck you up if you eat GMO veggies once, but there's a noticeable difference if you eat them regularly for 30 years. That's the health-related side of the issue, but it goes deeper than that.

    The very mantra of "Give me Mosanto or give me death!" creates some uneven logic over Mosanto and the problems they do create as a company. While Mosanto likely invented many of the practices they now use, they likely didn't invent the processes in which food is grown. If Mosanto were to fall tomorrow, I'd warrant that several companies would attempt to take its place. Even without any of those companies, I believe that food production wouldn't immediately take a dive overnight.

    I think in many ways, organic farming is a superior method for producing food. You don't get any nasty GMOs, at the cost of several conditions:

    1. Not all plants can be planted in all places.
    2. You'll need to come up with an alternate way to keep the bugs away.

    Naturally, this can also be problematic in arid places with little vegetation. Perhaps different methods, such as hydroponics, could erase the issues created by both points.

    Here's the thing: the world actually has more food than it knows what to do with. Tremendous amounts of food we produce goes to waste every single day. Just ask anyone that's ever worked at a fast-food restaurant. When you think about it this way, it becomes more clear that the problem isn't in and of itself in food production, but rather, food distribution.

    How many billions of dollars get spent by companies to ship food from one corner of the globe to another? From the average person's perspective, you can factor in the cost of transportation, shipping, packaging, labor, fuel, and that's all just for starters. In the end, the resource cost ends up being immensely wasteful.

    I think a much better solution to the problem is to encourage a sort of hyper-local agriculture industry. The idea is simple: pay local farmers to grow non-GMO crops that empty out into local businesses and industries, such as grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, you name it. Hell, if an organization had the money, they could probably subsidize the costs of the equipment being used to grow non-GMO food.

    What you would then have could essentially be a job-creation platform that encourages people to buy and supply locally. It's not the end-all-be-all solution to the problem, but I think one of the main causes of this issue is that society is all-too-dependant on single corporate entities to feed themselves. You can see similar problems in the media, which is really just a conglomerate of 6 different massive companies.

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  2. I think Dusty is mocking us with his videos to show how gullible we are if we agree with anything he says. Yelling and screaming at me is not going to sway my opinion, and I don't feel anything says sounds intelligent, organized, logical, etc.

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  3. This writer has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. corporate apologists, that's all. Their products are hazardous, their GMO's are toxic, their practices are unethical and pollute the earth, and their CEO's have no remorse. For them it is about the money. This chemical company has made people and animals sick, destroyed people's lives, and have effectively taken over the agriculture industry to the detriment of millions and millions of people world wide. Watch seeds of death and the other documentaries, find the info yourself that they reveal, I have read, watched, and listened to dozens and dozens of sources (government, private, independent). Monsanto does virtually NO good for the planet. They do not forestall or prevent famon. There is actually an over abundance of food in the world and in the USA we waste over 40% of our food every year....it just goes in the trash. Also, organic crops can produce up to 70% greater yields and the bio-diversity or organics protects the ecological well being of the whole cycle....effectively preventing famons and crop failures.....whereas Monsanto's GMO's threatens biodiversity and their Round-up pesticide is killing millions of bees which pollinate almost all the plants on earth. The only benefit of GMO crops is that Monsanto can OWN life because they altered it, and it take less man power so they can hire fewer workers. GMO's are plants that have been genetically altered to produce its own pesticide, which saps and kills many of the nutrient rich microorganisms in the soil, making the food toxic and depleting the nutritional benefit of the plant over all. There is a lot for to this and Monsanto....but that gives you a glimpse. It is not propaganda, Monsanto is a global threat....their bottom line is profit and they dont care how they get it.Also, the problem is not lack of food, but access to the food, which is an economic problem. However, in supposedly trying to stop famon, Monsanto threatens to create it. Food Inc. goes into it a little bit, but Seeds of Death and a few other documentaries and many articles and government documents go into a lot more detail."If they all returned to organic farming, food production would drop immensely. Not only would food prices soar to near unaffordable prices but much of the world would go hungry."......lie lie lie lie lie....oh what a lie.....A lie monsanto loves to tell.and organic doesn actually cost more to buy or produce btw. I buy organic produce all the time...I live off of fresh whole foods, and since I have I pay less, eat more, and am a lot healthier...A LOT! Organic produce is either the same price or no more than 50 cents more than the regular stuff...and thats only because organics are not given government subsidies, whereas GMO's and "standard" pesticide laden crops get millions in government handouts each year.

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  4. [citation needed].

    You make a lot of claims without providing any evidence whatsoever.
    A propaganda movie is not evidence.

    Please provide peer reviewed, solid scientific research backing up these claims:
    >their GMO's are toxic

    >have effectively taken over the agriculture industry to the detriment of millions and millions of people world wide.

    >their practices are unethical

    >Monsanto does virtually NO good for the planet. They do not forestall or prevent famon.

    >Monsanto's GMO's threatens biodiversity

    >Round-up pesticide is killing millions of bees which pollinate almost all the plants on earth.

    >GMO's are plants that have been genetically altered to produce its own pesticide, which saps and kills many of the nutrient rich microorganisms in the soil, making the food toxic and depleting the nutritional benefit of the plant over all.

    >Organic produce is either the same price or no more than 50 cents more than the regular stuff.


    >It is not propaganda
    Yes, yes it is.

    But before you start the futile attempt backing the above up:

    You mentioned "organic" food and pesticides.

    Well, you might want to read this.
    http://randomrationality.com/2013/05/17/why-im-through-with-organic-farming/

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  5. Just wanted to add this: http://www.skepticink.com/smilodonsretreat/2012/10/24/a-survey-of-long-term-gm-food-studies/

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