There have been a lot of hyped up articles circulating recently from little-known websites stating that Monsanto has bought Blackwater, or is partnering with the US military to shut down anti-GMO activists. While this plays into the paranoia and the bias confirmation atmosphere that surrounds the movement, let’s separate the facts from the fiction and hysteria.
Monsanto, like other major corporations, is in business to make money. They use their profits and influence to get their way in government, just like BP, Exxon, Wal-Mart and any other Fortune 500 company. Even at the state level, smaller businesses push their backers into the legislative bodies and the Governor’s mansions to further their agenda.
Let’s get one thing clear — I’m no fan of Monsanto. As a health conscious, gluten-intolerant person who tries to follow a mostly organic diet, I don’t like the idea of companies trying to hide their suppliers and ingredients, but some of the absolutely insane conspiracy theories pushed by for-profit entities against Monsanto and others only hurts the legitimacy of a worthwhile cause. It’s incredibly frustrating to be called a shill for Big Pharma or Monsanto when all I’m trying to do is lend some common sense to the argument. Over and over again, we hear people talk about “chem-trails” or how food companies are trying to poison us while citing some fear-mongering website like Infowars or Natural News as “proof” that the Illuminati or other secret society is behind it all.
If I were a company who relied on the daily consumption of my products, would I really try to poison my customers? Would I really try to eliminate my profits by intentionally killing the very people I rely on to keep the corporation afloat and the shareholders paid? Why would the government spend billions of dollars to supposedly cover up the spraying of chemicals to dumb us down when we’re doing a fine job of it ourselves? Many of us are paying far more attention to MTV and Keeping Up With The Kardashians instead of keeping up with our elected representatives — and what they’re voting for when we aren’t paying attention. That’s a problem.
If you want to see politicians crafting secret deals and working on the behalf of corporate lobbyists instead of their constituents, you don’t have to find out from some paranoia for profit website. You can simply switch off “reality TV” and turn on the true reality TV, C-Span.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read food labels or that you should blindly accept every product pushed on TV, but what I am saying is that you should do some of your own research. Don’t blindly accept flawed or outright false information from people who make a living off playing to the uninformed state of paranoia they’ve created. Fox News viewers are the perfect example of this. Don’t be the person who puts money in the pockets of quacks and internet bloggers who feed off the good intentions of the anti-GMO movement. Make good choices based off scientific research, grow your own food whenever possible and for the love of all that is good, think for yourself.