Watched the Documentary, “David vs. Monsanto” (316/366)

“This short story is no utopia – rather, around the world, the bitter truth.”
~ Bertram Verhag, director of “David vs. Monsanto”

 

In 1997, Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian canola farmer in Saskatchewan, found “Round-Up Ready” canola plants in his fields, although he was not a “Round-Up Ready” seed planter (these seeds are genetically modified by Monsanto, a chemical manufacturer, to be resistant to their own weed killer, “Round Up”).  As he did every year, Percy harvested his canola and replanted the seeds, taking care to separate the foreign plants and seeds from the rest of his crop.  Monsanto sued Percy Schmeiser for replanting their patented seed, accusing him of using their technology without paying their license fees.  Schmeiser refused, stating the seeds were grown on his land and therefore they belonged to him.  Monsanto then sued him for patent infringement.

Over the course of several years, and through hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, Percy Schmeiser fought Monsanto and fought for the rights of small farmers.  Through this long, unbelievably stressful, arduous process and life-changing affair, the Schmeisers have helped bring to light the abhorrent practices of the Monsanto corporation, using unethical fear and intimidation tactics to control farmers, and in turn to control a monopoly on the world’s food supply.

There is so much more to say about this story, but I honestly cannot tell it any better than the farmers who have gone through this ordeal themselves.  It is our responsibility to our fellow human beings, to future generations, and to our planet to get involved so that the Monsanto machine is not allowed to continue destroying our food supply and making billions of people sick, under the guise of technological advancement, simply to further their greed for money and power.

Please watch this very important film, along with Food, Inc. and Food Fight.

Related Links:
David vs. Monsanto (Amazon instant download)
Food, Inc. (DVD or download)
Food Fight (Amazon instant download)
Food Inc. website
Food Fight website

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One Response to “Watched the Documentary, “David vs. Monsanto” (316/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    Another revealing picture of the monster that is Monsanto.

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