Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:02:31 PM
I'm from STL - Monsanto`s HQ. Never knew much about the business until I went to college. I don`t know everything they do, but I assume they try to do more good then bad. Reducing the plant diversity does seem very bad for our large ecosystem and global population, but maybe Monsanto is shooting for large initial profits so down the road they can support a successful seed conservatory? Then again, maybe lowering plant diversity is ok. Monsanto is taking the natural process of evolution and speeding it up by removing the "luck" factor involved. In 200 years maybe we will all be eating G.M. foods, but of a diverse nature: avocados/tomatoes/beans/peas/ that grow faster + better for cheaper, instead of relying on potatoes and corn. Again, I know nothing of the actual business or the issues involved, but from the outside it seems clean.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:17:41 PM
Also related to farming, Bill Maher interviewed a guy recently who said certain farming methods can help us remove the cause of climate change by growing crops that literally remove CO2 from the air. Not talking algae farms, btw. Besides that benefit, the rotation of those crops makes the soil better for growing food crops. Very interesting! study