Monsanto versus Protesters: Slogan Smackdown

March Against Monsanto VancouverAl Lewis summarizes the polar opposites represented in Monsanto’s war of words with activists protesting the corporation’s actions, for MarketWatch:

…If you go to Monsanto’s website, you’ll see so many boasts about “preserving the planet,” “sustainability,” and “social responsibility” you’ll think they belong to the Green Party. The company talks about supporting human rights, feeding the world’s poor, being a steward of the environment and saving everything from polar ice caps to the rain forest.

If you look up what protesters are saying, Monsanto is all about its “Frankencorn.” As one protester’s sign put it: “Still wondering how the zombie outbreak started? One word: Monsanto.”

Here’s a colorful sampling of the back-and-forth, culling quips from both sides:

Protester: “If you’re so proud of your products, why don’t you label them?”

Monsanto: “People will … prosper, through healthier diets, greater educational opportunities, and brighter futures fueled by more robust local economies.”

Protester: “If bees die, we die.”

Monsanto: “We will use sound and innovative science and thoughtful and effective stewardship.”

Protester: “Control the food supply and you control the people.”

Monsanto: “We will listen carefully to diverse points of view and engage in thoughtful dialogue.”

Protester: “Congress is Genetically Contaminated … GMObama!” (GMO stands for genetically modified organism.)

Monsanto: “We’re … focused on fighting rural hunger in America.”…

[continues at MarketWatch]

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  • Anarchy Pony

    It’s easy to sound reasonable, the question is; do the policies actually reflect it?

    • BuzzCoastin

      Monsanto believes it’s rhetoric
      and with good reason
      modern agro-culture is not able to carry on without it

      if Monsanto shut down tomorrow, chaos would ensue
      because 95% of aMerkin tractor drivers depend upon Monsanto
      as do 95% of aMerkin “foods” depend on Monsanto GMO corn
      the problems created by modern agro-culture
      can only be repaired by an immense restructuring of food production
      (not gonna happen without a huge motivation, like starvation)
      so considering that food growing will continue on as before
      Monsanto is an indispensable part of that

      net net: people want a change from Monsanto
      but they themselves would prefer not to change
      they want a healthy Big Mac
      not healthy food

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