I've been trying to think of the best way to approach the subject of Forbes naming Monsanto as "Company of the Year" for 2009. I understand the publishing world is going through an economic downturn, so perhaps this is Forbes' clever way of selling magazines. I'm getting the feeling it's not.
Unless you've been living under a rock and missed the tremendous number of food justice documentaries, articles or activism efforts over the last few years, you should know that Monsanto is not a good company. I have a difficult time accepting its reasons for genetically modifying crops or perpetuating the use of pesticides. I have no respect for companies who corner the market and leave very little alternatives to farmers, both those living in the U.S. and abroad, than using the company's bioseeds.
"When people are confused or worried the natural tendency is to just say no," says Monsanto scientist [David] Stark. "The only thing we can do is produce products with real benefits and hope that people eventually become comfortable what we are doing is good."
Monsanto, and companies of their ilk, continue to create products in the name of food security and availability. Continuing to do this is cheating nature and letting people believe they can get certain foods no matter the season. Until I see more honest research, not from Monsanto scientists or puppets, that thoroughly looks at the human and environmental health effects of the company's experiments, I'll never be comfortable with what Monsanto is doing.