(This is the SIDEBOARD to FOOD for THOUGHT: The Politics of Food Part I)
Ask most of my friends and family and they will agree that I can find the silver lining in most any cloud. There are very few people with whom I cannot work side-by-side and very few situations in which I can’t see worthwhile suggestions coming from multiple viewpoints. And yet, I dislike Monsanto (and the way government interacts with them) with a passion. I am sure that they have some employees who truly hope to save the world. I find the science of the genetics fascinating and worthy of researching. I am sure that some gene modifications will someday prove safe and even beneficial in morally capable hands, but Monsanto’s implementation is unacceptable.
I was sent this link by a most supportive fan who often thinks it’s a waste of my energy to dislike Monsanto, but who self-admittedly might be coming around. The truth is: it is a waste of my energy to dislike them, but is it a waste of my time to try to fight their ways? Here is a short biased (though I believe that the author admits the bias himself) article with an observant truth in it that may convince you:
Here is a long more balanced article from which a lot can be learned:
QUOTE(S) of the WEEK: (Every week I consider breaking my one quote rule and using 2 or 3 quotes because they seem just so perfect, but I force myself to work to weed out the ones that only water down the others’ impact. Though only one of these originally refers to the topic at hand, I feel they both capture the spirit of the issue.)
Fairness forces you - even when you're writing a piece highly critical of, say, genetically modified food, as I have done - to make sure you represent the other side as extensively and as accurately as you possibly can.
Corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters, because we don't run this country for corporations; we run it for people.