Well, needless to say, I continue to snooze through the current American presidential (s)election between Barmitt Obromneyack(R-Taxachusetts) and Barmitt Obromneyack (D-Indonesia-Hawaii-Kenya and all points in between). Now, here I want to ignore Barmitt Obromneyack's connections to George Soros, various Wall Street corporations, banks and pundits (that would be Barmitt Obromneyack, D-Indonesia-Hawaii-Kenya and all points in between), and concentrate on Barmitt Obromneyack (R-Taxachusetts).
It seems that while Obromneyack (the R one folks, not the D one) was at Bain Capital, he was busily helping Mon(ster)santo clean up its somewhat sullied image over Agent Orange, and set Mon(ster)santo blazing down the path of high scientific standards and ethics and humanitarianism that it is so well known for today:
Make no mistake, a vote for Barmitt Obromneyack (D-Wherever) is as much a vote for Mon(ster)santo as a vote for Barmitt Ombromneyack (R-Taxachusetts). All humor aside, the article gets it right, but it might be rephrased:
Through careful lobbying, these agribusiness companies - Duponzanto as I have called them - have been able to use the conceptions of American patent law to effect a leveraged buy-out of the food supply. The record of both candidates is clear: they will throw whatever amount of money at these corporations as the latter demand, without fail. Neither represents the public good.
That said, I am bold to suggest that the article does not go far enough. For example, I have just learned that my favorite soda, Mr. Pibb, made by the Coca-Cola company, is now sponsoring the agribusiness campaign in California against proposition 37. Well, dear Coca-Cola. This is inexcusable, and I will not buy your products again (and I long ago gave up on Pepsi). Period. End of discussion.
Now then, as I said, I don't think the article goes far enough. What we now need is to use the internet to create a network of organic food growers and outlets... indeed, I suspect in many quarters much of this is under way. We need a "Sam's Club" of organic food suppliers, and we need it now before these monstrous companies and their Gestapo lackeys in the government agencies drive the last remaining ones out of business.
See you on the flip side.