Monsanto claim has several problems, organic farming can be as productive

Monsanto insists they are not against organic farming, but their “scientific” biotech farming will feed the ballooning world population. The claim has several problems.

First, many scientists dispute Monsanto’s “science,” including the safety of genetically modified food.

Second, organic farming can be as productive as agro-chemical farming. Bio-engineered crops are not as productive as claimed, and more pesticides have to be applied as weeds and pests become more resistant to Monsanto’s technologies.

Third, the world food shortage would better be tackled partly by improving food access. Simultaneously, hunger and the lack of access to quality food mar the nation because people lack income or transportation means.

Yet, Monsanto’s lobbying and political financial contributions ensure the agricultural “rule of the game” favors their interests.

Monsanto also sued farmers whose crops were contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds planted nearby because these farmers essentially “stole” their patented genes by saving seeds that cross-pollinated with the bio-engineered pollens carried by winds. Monsanto owns most corn and soybean genes planted in this country. Other farmers feel powerless to produce more with expensive inputs purchased from companies, like Monsanto, to mitigate declining crop prices, which are created by a global food production hierarchy where agribusinesses effectively call the shots.

*Taka Ono,*

graduate student