Farmers, biotechnology, & the new face of agriculture

by Caroline Brown

Balou at Gebloggte Welten recently blogged about Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology, and the New Face of Agriculture. Produced by two researchers at the University of Manitoba, the "publicly-funded, farmer-focused research video" was blocked from release by the U of M for three years.

Simultaneously, university administrators courted biotech giant Monsanto and succeeded in convincing the company to relocate its Canadian headquarters to the campus industrial research park.

I guess I have to accept the fact that as much as I dislike Monsanto, they are a global nuisance influence–US, EU, Canada, everywhere. I don't know what can be done about them. "Buy local" and "buy organic" sometimes seem like tiny mousesqueaks in a canyon of Harleys.

For their efforts the U of M was nominated for the distinguised Captain Hook Biopiracy Award for "Worst Betrayal." Alas, there were worse betrayals this year and U of M didn't manage to bring home the prize.


3 Comments to “Farmers, biotechnology, & the new face of agriculture”

  1. Way to catch yourself there with the nuisance comment. Don’t want Monsanto on your trail.

  2. I will still say loud and clearly that Monsanto is the devil! Have you had the opp to see “The Future of Food” yet?

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