Never, Ever Leaving Well Enough Alone Since 1958!
Dec. 13, 2012 8:39 pm
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 6:02 am
" Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.''
Winston Churchill to the boys at Harrow School, October 29, 1941.
Of course, this is nothing so weighty as fighting against the tyranny of world domination by the Nazis. No, this has to do with defending a company I don't care for and have no ties to. Why can't I just leave well enough alone? Why must I pick at this bloody
scab? When David slew Goliath, he didn't tell the Philistines that Goliath wore women's clothing on weekends and went to bed with a teddy bear. He didn't tell stories about Goliath. He picked up a rock and killed him with it. Done.
I've heard all kinds of ludicrous things about the most evil company in the world, Monsanto. Much of it, and sadly the things that are most often repeated, are untrue. I hear similar things about GM crops. Judging by the way many folks speak about Monsanto
and GM crops in general, one would not be surprised to find Satan back in God's good graces and a new devil on the prowl. Most of the people that are repeating these things are good, honest folks that I would probably be on friendly terms with if we were neighbors.
I would hope the feelings would be mutual, but I don't want to speak for them.
Before I go on, I would like to present a clarification. Maybe it's more of a plea to not hate-me-because-I-don't-really-like-them-anymore-than-you-do kind of deal. I really don't want to lose all these nice new friends I've made on AR over Monsanto. But there's
that damned scab! Maybe I should go classier and quote Shakespeare: "Out, da(m)n'd spot! out, I say!" (I had to add the () because of some ridiculous censor feature in the editor. Imagine this: I can type damned, but not da(m)n.)
What about all those hundreds of organic farmers that Monsanto is suing because Monsanto's pollen is contaminating the organic farmers crops? They don't exist. This is actually a twofer, because first, Monsanto has brought suit 145 times since 1997, and only
eleven of those were brought to trial. Second, more organic farmers have sued Monsanto than the other way around. One of the silliest was OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto in which some "60 family farmers, seed businesses and agricultural organizations" sued Monsanto
on the premise that Monsanto might sue them if their crops showed positive for GMO traits. The judge dismissed the case. Apparently, they have now grown to 300,000 people and 4,500 farms strong ready for the appeal. The people Monsanto has accused of violating
patent protections were from tips received by Monsanto from other farmers in the area.
David Runyon, an Indiana farmer was one of these accused farmers. He was also one of the lucky ones that didn't proceed to trial. The fact is that Monsanto didn't send their agents onto his property to demand records, and take samples from his fields until
after they had been tipped off by an anonymous source. At least that was
Mr. Runyon's account. I say these things not to defend Monsanto, because I don't think a company should have the right to enter your property and do anything without a representative of the State present. I am surprised that there isn't a law protecting
people from that, but maybe I shouldn't be surprised since our country seems to be spiraling in that direction. The point is that Monsanto only has storm troopers knocking down doors all willy-nilly in Oz, not on the Earth.
Let's take pollen drift further, and throw GM tech out the window for this example. Let's say you are an organic farmer growing 100 acres of your favorite open pollinated corn. I am also an organic farmer who happens to be up wind of your field and adjacent
to it. I am also growing a hundred acres of my favorite open pollinated corn. The corn I've chosen isn't your favorite because it gives a lower yield, has poor disease resistance and it takes longer to dry. (Ok. You got me. I don't know if that last one is
possible!) Anyway, you save seed like you always do, after you harvest next year you realize that your yield is a staggering 20% lower than expected even though conditions were favorable. not only that, but your drying costs rose because of the amount of moisture
that the corn was retaining. You suspect that pollen from my crop has contaminated your field. Based on what OSGATA is trying to do to Monsanto, what is to say that you might not try to sue me because my pollen is contaminating your fields? Sure, it isn't
GMO, but it is having a negative impact on your production.
interesting little piece from NPR. It's a bit unusual to find a piece like this from a news source that far left of center. Now I'm heading back to the internet. Maybe I can find a French model to date! Mercy! Bon Jovi!