Biden picks "Mr. Monsanto" for Ag Secretary, let's recap why Monsanto sucks

January 2, 2021

Misdirection is one of the key ways that the establishments buffers exposure. Inconvenient facts usually surface, especially when they damage people, so they need a damage control strategy.

One way they do this is to promote straw-man arguments that they can easily dunk on. These arguments somehow gain mass exposure, overshadowing the real concerns, and are then easily disproven.

Once the false concerns are obliterated, the audience turns away and real concerns remain. If anyone brings up the real concerns, large swaths of the audience simply ignore it because “they’ve seen this one before.”

Real life example of misdirection

Years back concerns were raised that Monsanto was suing farmers. Allegedly, farmers were being sued because Monsanto seeds had blown into their fields. Since those seeds had grown into plant produce, somehow infringed upon Monsanto’s copyright.

Of course, this would be atrocious. Any lawyer or executive who carried out any such legal action would deserve to get “aired out” irl if you know what I mean. As such, there was a palpable negative buzz about Monsanto’s legal practices.

Problem is: this didn’t happen.

From the Genetic Literacy Project, Does Monsanto sue farmers who save patented seeds or mistakenly grow GMOs?:

There is no documented instance of Monsanto or any other biotech seed company suing a farmer for unknowingly reusing patented seeds. Likewise, there have been no lawsuits over instances where GMO seeds blew onto a farm and germinated. However, Monsanto says it has filed 147 suits against farmers since 1997 (an average of eight per year, while Monsanto has licensing agreements with 325,000 US farmers) who have knowingly violated patent rights by saving seeds for replanting, despite being prohibited from doing so. Monsanto says only nine of those cases have gone to trial, with the company collecting more than $23 million from its targets.

Perhaps other nefarious measures are happening in the background, but we don’t have evidence of that.

Monsanto is not suing farmers or land owners who happen to have some of their seeds fly into their plots.

However, did you catch that last part?

Monsanto says it has filed 147 suits against farmers since 1997 … who have knowingly violated patent rights by saving seeds for replanting

Wow, they say that as if it deserves to be considered normal.

Food as a subscription service

Here’s the gimmick: once you’ve bought Monsanto’s seeds, you have to repurchase them again and again to continue harvesting crops. Food production essentially becomes a subscription service that the farmer must pay into all the time. You no longer own what you’ve purchased, you’ve agreed to bind yourself to their rules after the money is spent.

Once you buy Monsanto’s seeds, you get to harvest their yield just once, and only once. Then you have to buy more.

This is a radical shift. Farmers have always kept, sorted, and selected their seeds. With this advent of seeds-as-a-subscription-service, the age old practice of personally honing your craft as a farmer becomes prohibited or at best separated from the business.

The farmer’s will to innovation is sterilized, and the farmer is one step closer to being replaced by a robot (probably also owned by one or just a few megalithic companies).

Out of convenience, we’re brought closer to a world where all food production is controlled by a central authority. Instead of distributed networks of farmers who all produce their own food to varying degrees of value and success, it’s simply: Food Inc or The Food Company.

What happens when you, or your “economic zone,” decide that you disagree with what the global establishment is doing? Will you be able to resist them if they’re able to turn off the food supply at will?

If that’s not a future you want to live in, you can help secure a better future by actively supporting your local farmers. Help their businesses grow so they can survive and resist the trend into this sort of dangerous convenience.

Also: here’s some further reading on Biden’s pick for Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and his relationship to Monsanto.

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