I know we mentioned that we had a steer, but I don’t think we have taken the time to formally introduce him. He was part of the purchase of Vaughnshire and is around 11 months old now. His name, as you may have surmised, is Monsanto. You may know this is also the name a the largest “pesticide turn seed” company in the world.
You see we expect to put him, Monsanto the steer, “on ice” next summer and would like nothing better than to see Monsanto, the huge international agribusiness corporation, go the way of the butcher’s knife as well. The idea here is, if Wal-Mart is evil, then Monsanto Corp. is the devil himself!
Wal-Mart only sells the chemically laden food products, Monsanto is on the production side of the house. It would be one thing if they were producing dangerous chemicals and simply offering them for sale. But they have taken an aggressive stance against small family farmers who would be in competition with them. Specifically, they have gone after people who save seeds. When they do that, they do not only attack the individuals, they attack the diversity of our food supply.
There is a great film that walks through the recent history of food called, “The Future of Food“. I’ll include a clip below I found on YouTube. If you’re interested in gene technology, owning patents on living beings, the importance of food diversity, and many other engaging topics, I’d encourage you to check out this video. (I think it also adds to the case against corporate America and shows some additional fruit of corporations.) It’s not a perfect video and there are certainly some philosophical differences between my worldview and those of the creators of this film, but there is not another product that covers the challenges facing our food supply as thoroughly as this one.
The Future of Food