so here is what i discovered.
the number one reason why i hated monsanto (the other reasons are signs of a corporation and that's a whole different thread by itself) is GMO. cross species GMO.
the naive me thought only monsanto was doing research and selling GMO products. no one else was doing genetics except monsanto so if i stayed away from monsanto i was pretty good right?!!!
and yeah a big pollan fan here. and he contributed to my knowledge of GMO - cross species GMO. they made a darn good documentary out of Botany of desire i must say.
so here is the shocking truth that me the totally ignorant person learnt.
that the whole reason why i hated monsanto is not reason to hate them at all. because they are not the only one.
all our food is now gmo. well not ALL but soon will be. i was at a symposium at a university and spoke to a research scientist out there.
i live in an agriculture area and a big wine 'growing' country. a major huge portion of the grapes are grown thru grafting thru gmo. they are doing pretty much what monsanto did with the NewLeaf Potato and the cotton except with grapes. crossing bacteria. making them pesticide resistant thru using bacteria perhaps not truly round up. not the tomato with salmon genes but the same idea. to me its like turning say a fish into a gluten product so that gluten humans 'die' eating that fish.
under what rock was i living.
the ethics of food is completely changing and i am shocked at how insidiously this is happening. how common it is but we the common people are completely ignorant.
as a corporation monsanto is just one of them. because of my own personal interest they are just one more on my list. so for instance to me there is no difference between chevron, monsanto or goldcorp. so for me trade practises, etc are all under the umbrella of corporation. not just monsanto.
and i dont blame them for patenting seeds. its not their 'fault'. they are just using the system (like microsoft did by charging for software which was free before they came along) if anything its 'my' fault and my govts fault. 'i' havent tried to change the patenting rules so that living things can no longer be patented.