Exposing the Lie: How Monsanto Does Not Represent Sustainable Agriculture

argylesock says… Sustainable agriculture? Yeah, right.

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A web search for Monsanto brings up their homepage along with the phrase “A Sustainable Agriculture Company.” They have a heart-warming mission statement about “helping farmers” meet the needs of a growing population. There is an entire page called “Improving Agriculture” with several subcategories on how they purportedly do this.

It’s a masterpiece of propaganda that would make Edward Bernays proud. In fact, Monsanto has used Bernays’ strategies for decades, employing Freudian psychology to sell their products and create a sense of trust based not on logic but unconscious motivation.

Monsanto spends hundreds of millions of dollars to influence public opinion and to get federal lawmakers in its pocket. During 2010-2012 it spent over $300 million in advertising, carefully targeted in important areas like the commuter pathways of Washington, D.C. During the same time it spent $20 million lobbying government, including for approval of its RoundUp Ready alfalfa and sugarbeets…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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3 Responses to Exposing the Lie: How Monsanto Does Not Represent Sustainable Agriculture

  1. Eqfe says:

    Speaking of sustainability, I thought that you might find this interesting, if you didn’t see it already. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25760294

    • argylesock says:

      I hadn’t seen that particular article, so thank you for it. I’m one of those who feel horror at any peat product because it’s so obviously unsustainable. You and I were part of discussions about this in a gardening forum a few years ago, which informed me of how North American peat beliefs differ from those in Europe.

  2. EqFe says:

    Truthfully nothing is quite as good for loosening the soil. Here in Maryland, the approved amendment for dealing with out heavy clay soil is a mixture of fine woodchips and gypsum marketed as “clodbuster, and locally produced compost from garden waste which is produced and marketed by my county. I use the former along with the 20 plus yards of compost I make each year mainly from fallen leaves.

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