• http://www.freshunlimited.com Helene

    Amazing how delusional this company can be!

    • Kansas

      This film did not “demonize” or put down farmers in any way. I am also a farmer, commonly referred to as a “producer” if you happen to be John Deere and others who sell to farmers. This was a very truthful movie, one that did not take the approach of vilifying the american farmer. It is true, something incomprehensible has happened. Monsanto was able to use its connections and legalize its patents on life. Monsanto is a horrific company that most of the public is unaware of. However, its alway great as Deere and Company has a great strong friendship that much of which is a secret. No one reads about the recent endeavor at our capital trying to get funding (taxpayer) to take our version of agriculture to that continent. If you’re reading and haven’t got upset for any reason, your not cognitive. Monsanto would then be free to continue its profit taking and this could also employ private security companies to enforce its brand. Deere would also be able to track and share all harvest yeilds with its friends.

  • Mike Haley

    As a farmer I am going to have to agree with Monsanto, unfortunatley Kenner did not show any interviews of farmers that gave their support to Monsanto.

    The film may not demonize farmers, but most farmers will be sick when they see this film because it does not tell the truth behind the technologies that we use everyday.

    There is ample food in this country! why? beacause of the technologies that Dupont, Monsanto, and several other companies have developed. If we went back to the technologies that we had in the 1950′s then everyone would be begging farmers to adapt new technology so they could have cheaper food.

    The public has every rigt to find out how their food is produced, and the ones that want to know already have. We choose what we put into our mouth no one force feeds us. If U want organic buy it, free range buy it, don’t legislate it!

    • http://greenupgrader.com Matt Embrey

      Mike, as I stated in the post, I don’t think it was his intent for the movie to be a balanced look at the issues. It is clearly propaganda, however, propaganda isn’t inherently wrong or bad. The movie frames one side of the argument, but it does so in a tasteful way and to the best of my knowledge does not present false information. They are trying to lead the conversation a certain way, but not misleading people with their message.

      The major issue I have with these large Agro-industrial corporations like Monsanto, is the concerted effort to prevent the public from having access to information, eg, anti-food labeling lobby, veggie libel laws…

      Also, you said “If U want organic buy it, free range buy it, don’t legislate it!” I can agree with that, but in that same vein we shouldn’t have government subsidies indirectly dictating our food policy and laws that favor the big boys making it difficult, if not impossible, for smaller farms and alternative systems to compete.

    • Mitch

      The problems of our food industry stem from the economics of food production on out.

      The small farm is definitely feeling the squeeze of economics. They’ve been forced to adapt to commercial tactics just to survive.

      Price subsidies/fixing and property tax breaks for large crop producers are hiding the true costs of foods.

      Constant inflation is creating wage/price discrepancy and boom/bust cycles throughout the economy which hurt those on the bottom more than those on top (first come/first served if you will.)

      Quite frankly, there isn’t the type of competition there should be in the food market. Strong lobbies help influence policy and keep the status quo and reduce competition among viable alternatives. It’s not that there aren’t alternatives it’s just that access and education to alternatives is limited. Costs are slanted upwards for those processes not favored by policy.

      When I discuss cost I do not mean the true cost mind you, just the cost that people actually see when they make their final purchases (that goes for businesses and consumers.) The true cost of production is far beyond common thinking in most cases.

      If we really tried to find the true cost to society we’d have to add in the negative cost of health care from diseases such as hearth disease, cancer and diabetes to some extent as well (not saying food is the only factor, but it definitely is a factor.) The propaganda of recent times against animals fats and for vegetable oils (who cares if many are produced in unnatural forms and promote the free radicals that we’re just supposed to eat blueberries to fix.)

      Who cares that pasteurization is a great tool to mask poor production quality. Who cares that processed foods have overtaken the market and that generational food knowledge and the tools of its production are being lost.

      There’s a reason why we need to hear this one side of the story. The other side of the story gets told everyday.

  • Helene

    Hi Mike, the problem is at this point we can’t choose to buy gmo-free foods because companies like Monsanto to date have successfully lobbied the government not to require gmo-foods to be labeled. In some states they have even gone so far as to ban (or are in the process of banning) milk farmers from labeling their milk as having come from cows that were not injected with BGH. That doesn’t give the public much choice does it?

    I have to ask though are you completely convinced about the safety of GMO foods given the lack of long term studies? and also the recent findings coming out about the possible health risks of gmo foods? and if so I would really love to know what you base that on?

  • S

    I really want to see this film now… thanks for the insight and the thoughtful response to Monsanto’s claims.
    Matt, I hate to do it, but I have to say that although your report was good and I support your view, I found it hard to ignore the multiple typos/misspellings in your article. “Coperations”, “corperations” (multiple times on that one), and “utimlately”… all take away from the credibility of the article. Maybe your passion for the topic had your fingers flying but spellcheck would have been a good idea. :)

    • http://greenupgrader.com Matt Embrey

      Thanks for the heads up S. My fingers were flying to get the post up then I had to run to work. My editor was out camping and the spelling just slipped through the cracks.

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  • treeNinja

    GMO’s have proven to grow faster and make famr production more efficent. However we are seeing the ill effects of cross polination and we are also learning the negatives to our own health. Both of these are significant and need to be addressed. To expose a GMO seed to nature is my largest concern, it is a mistake we wont easily be able to reverse. Already the negatives are showing themselves.

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