Posts Tagged ‘big agriculture’

Who Needs Monsanto?

July 11, 2013

Who Needs Monsanto?

Patented Monsanto GMO seeds promise resistance to weeds and insects, but end up promoting the success of superweeds and superbugs. Farmers buying the pricy seeds end up using herbicides and insecticides anyway.

But don’t fear. Agricultural engineers have developed alternatives:

“Precision herbicide drones launch strikes on weeds,” New Scientist

“Agricultural drones for weed control,” Chris Anderson, DIY Drones

“Drone, Drone on the Range,” Caleb Garling, Modern Farmer


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Image  (“Monsanto Harvests Patent Law”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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EPA Drones Spy on American Farmers! Not.

June 18, 2012

EPA Drones Spy on American Farmers! Not.

The Environmental Protection Agency is using killer drone aircraft to spy on innocent farmers in America’s Heartland, according to the Daily Caller, Fox News, and Tea Party congressmen. “Send In The Drones: Obama Spies On America” screamed an Investor’s Business Daily editorial.

Just one thing. It isn’t true.


Cat Poop and World Hunger

March 27, 2011

Cat Poop and World Hunger

World food prices are rising at a frightening rate, resulting in uprisings, hunger and death. U.S. government policy diverts food into the nation’s gas tanks by subsidizing production of corn ethanol, and not enough American farmland is planted in corn to meet demand. Millions go hungry or starve, governments are destabilized, and world food prices continue to rise.

How does American industry respond?  It turns corn into kitty litter.