argylesock says… Sustainable agriculture? Yeah, right.
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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