Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fox News Award winner: Forbes Magazine

This week, journalism's most uncoveted prize* goes to Forbes for having declared a litigious junk food ingredients monopolist "Company of the Year" in its January 18 issue.  Anyone who has seen the documentary Food, Inc. is likely to recoil that Monsanto would be singled out for such distinction.
Mercola, a physician, lists some of the "improprieties and outright crimes committed by Monsanto."  Top of his list: "Suing small farmers for patent infringement after Monsanto’s GM seeds spread wildly into surrounding farmers’ fields, contaminating their conventional crops." These lawsuits were of no concern to  Forbes Magazine, which observed: "Farmers complain about Monsanto's prices, but they still buy the seeds."  As if they have a choice.   Monsanto enjoys a virtual monopoly:  "Ninety percent of the U.S. soybean crop and 80% of the corn crop and cotton crop are grown with seeds containing Monsanto's technology." 

Shari Danielson of SGT has drawn up a list of ways to fight back against Monsanto.  We might consider boycotting foods containing Monsanto products.  What foods?  Well that's easy.  "Packaged foods with corn syrup or soybean oil likely contain the fruits of Monsanto's gene-modified agriculture," notes Forbes.  In other words, most processed foods.  To fight Monsanto is to save our health.
*The Fox News Award is a feature at that began early 2008. It goes to a media organization that has gone the extra mile during the course of the week to make the public more stupid. (Otherwise corrupting the ethic of creativity and global citizenship.)  Some past winners.

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