Monsanto Responds To Neil Young Documentary "Seeding Fear"
RT | Neil Young and Monsanto Reignite War Over GMOs Since Release of 'Seeding Fear' http://t.co/D2TLaQwnsb— Politically_Liberal (@PoliticallyLib) July 25, 2015
Last week, a documentary film co-produced by Neil Young titled "Seeding Fear" was released along with a detailed statement. (Full details and video here.)
In the film "Seeding Fear", Monsanto is exposed to be a cold, heartless, inhumane Corporation willing to go to any lengths necessary to destroy perceived threats to its business model.
Alabama farmer Michael White in the documentary says: “Even after the lawsuit was over, I couldn’t make him believe it was over. He would cry and keep saying, ‘Oh, they’re going to come back and sue me again,' It destroyed him. It destroyed his life. He went to his grave—this grave—still afraid of [Monsanto].”
Neil Young's pre-buttal stated: “Monsanto is a corporation with great wealth, now controlling over 90 percent of soybean and corn growth in America. Family farms have been replaced by giant agri corp farms across this great vast country we call home. Farm aid and other organizations have been fighting the losing battle against this for 30 years now.”
Now the Monsanto Corporation has responded to the documentary. From Rolling Stone by Kory Grow:
"Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation," a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone. "He actually admitted to knowingly planting, producing, saving, cleaning and selling Roundup Ready soybeans illegally. All of this information is available in court documents.While Neil declined to comment to Rolling Stone on Monsanto's statement, many did on his Facebook page.
"Protecting patents and copyrights can be difficult in any business – including the entertainment industry," the Monsanto Corporation rep continues. "Mr. White's actions are equivalent to pirating an album, producing thousands of copies and selling bootleg copies – all while knowing what you're doing is illegal and that it will result in criminal charges if caught."
The rep also referenced a LinkedIn blog by Monsanto's chief technology officer, Robb Fraley, in which he responded to Young. "Here's an invitation to establish that dialogue with Neil Young," Fraley wrote. "I invite him to visit our company and talk with us about what we're doing." The rep also provided a link to another blog, hosted on the Monsanto website, titled "Correcting The Monsanto Years," published earlier this month in response to the album Young put out this year, which attacks the company.
"Although they have tended to get a lot of attention, lawsuits between us and farmers who plant seeds without paying for them are actually very rare," the company's statement for Rolling Stone concludes. "Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmers plant our seeds. Since 1997, when we started trying to protect the patents on our seeds, we have gone to trial with a fraction of one percent of those customers. In addition, all of the proceeds we receive from any settlement – including Mr. White's settlement – are donated to youth leadership initiatives and to support the local communities in which farmers live and work."
Young declined to comment to Rolling Stone on Monsanto's statement.
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