Link Week #2 (1/31)

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122498255

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/business/05monsanto.html

These two news articles are on the Mosanto seeds. Mosanto is a company that sells genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and herbicides. Apparently, the seeds work great, but the farmers are not allowed to use seeds created by the crop for the next year; if the farmer does, they are liable to be sued for “intellectual piracy”.

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One Response to Link Week #2 (1/31)

  1. Mr. Sturdy Knight says:

    These articles highlight what I think is a fascinating debate about our (agri)culture today. Monsanto is not portrayed very positively here; they are the big faceless corporate interest that is grinding down independent farmers under their merciless boot. But for all the distastefulness of the ’roundup ready’ trait (and don’t get me wrong, it is distasteful), how one-sided is this thing, really?
    The simple truth is that most of our domesticated plant and animal species are nigh-unrecognizable compared to their original forms. Maize, even ‘all-natural’ stuff, is completely unable to reproduce without human intervention. A square mile of soybean field in the Kansas has less bio-diversity than a square mile of Manhattan, on average. Crop plants are tools, ones that we humans have honed and altered steadily for thousands of years. Monsanto is just taking the next step (and taking advantage of U.S. patent law while they’re at it).
    I’m not saying we should just blithely chow down on creepy lab-designed food that’s been soaked in poisons for its entire growing period. I’m all for organic, eco-friendly, and above all sustainable farming practices. But, at the same time, I feel we have to recognize the legitimacy of other techniques, even if they are techniques we don’t approve of. Like it or not, what Monsanto is doing works, and works very well. Whether it will continue to do so is frankly not knowable at this stage in the game (though I have my doubts).
    The first step, indeed the only step, has to be to get more people thinking about food culture. Only when the debate is truly national (or, better, international) can we really pick a direction to move forward in, whether it be a back-to-the-basics approach or something a little more glow-in-the-dark.

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