Last week, Neil Young and The Promise of the Real released “The Monsanto Years” album, and this week they started their concert tour. Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young. Unfortunately, the depiction of agriculture in his lyrics is inaccurate, and the album fails to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable.
The challenge is there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths are captured in the lyrics of his songs. While we’ve never had a chance to talk with Neil about our company (and if he’s interested, we would welcome the opportunity), we have answered questions very similar to the topics he mentions.
So, if you’ve listened to the album or are just interested in learning more about agriculture, we’ve captured links to information that should help address the questions that are raised by his lyrics. We think you will discover Monsanto to be a much different company than the one Mr. Young portrays in song. And, if you have a question about something we haven’t captured here, we invite you to ask by joining the conversation surrounding agriculture and food at discover.monsanto.com or by visiting GMOAnswers.com.
Links to Related Information:
- Are U.S. farms under corporate control?
We addressed this topic in 2009 in response to allegations in the film Food, Inc. Read more about the importance of family farms.
- Do farmers work for Monsanto? How much farmland does Monsanto own?
Monsanto employee Dr. Gerry Dill, North America Corn Breeding, Testing and Operations Lead, answered a similar question on GMOAnswers, August 2013.
- Do farmers spray their crops with pesticides?
Read the response from Kansas farmer Mary Mertz to a similar question on GMOAnswers, July 2014.
- Do farmers have to sign contracts or “deals” to grow patented GMO seeds?
Read farmer Brian Scott’s perspective on this topic on his blog A Farmer’s Life, May 2014.
- Can a farmer save and use seeds that their family has saved for generations?
Farmer and Past President of the National Corn Growers Association Bart Schott answered a similar question on GMOAnswers, September 2013.
- Do people living on farms have a higher incidence of illness or disease than people who don’t? Several national organizations that have been collaborating in the Agricultural Health Study since 1993 to assess the health of farmer workers and have research available to review.
- Do farmers have options to grow what they want to grow?
Read the response to a similar question provided by farmer Brian Scott on GMOAnswers, May 2015.
- Why is the food industry suing Vermont over its labeling law?
This press release from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) web site, June 2014, provides perspective on the lawsuit, and we’ve shared Monsanto’s opinion on GMA’s lawsuit and labeling on our corporate blog, Beyond the Rows, June 2014.
- Did Clarence Thomas work for Monsanto?
We addressed this in 2009 in an article regarding the film Food, Inc.
- Does Monsanto sue farmers? And, why did you sue someone for “cleaning seeds”?
We also addressed this in 2009 in a list of “frequently asked questions” regarding the film Food, Inc.
If you’d like to learn more about Monsanto’s view on “The Monsanto Years” album, read this blog from Robb Fraley, our chief technology officer, who shared his perspective on Mr. Young’s album last week.