Seeding Fear: The Story of Michael White vs. Monsanto
Kings Point Productions
Michael White stares at his father’s grave as he tells the story of the confrontation between his family and Monsanto in this ten-minute YouTube video. Monsanto sued his father in 2003 for saving soy seeds. Michael declares that his father never grew a soybean in his life. He paints the picture of an old man using a walker to make his way into court to go up against a pack of rich, well-dressed lawyers. Even after the case was over and White’s father won, he was tormented by the prospect that Monsanto might come after him again and the nightmare would be repeated. The psychological trauma ultimately destroyed him.
Ninety percent of the corn, soy and cotton grown in the United States is produced by Monsanto. Monsanto has attacked hundreds of farmers for doing nothing more than farming, using strong-arm, underhanded tactics to drive nearly all seed savers or seed cleaners out of business and making it dangerous for farmers to clean seeds. Monsanto sends undercover agents in to seed savers with GMO patented seed. The agents lie to the seed saver, claiming it is regular seed. The seed saver does his work and then he is busted. It’s a sick game. Some farmers, including Michael White, have also received death threats.
Very few Americans have read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein although almost everyone is familiar with the movies that caricature the novel. If you have actually read the novel you know it is a haunting nightmare of a tragedy. Nicknaming Monsanto’s products “Frankenfood” is therefore a very appropriate sinister sobriquet. One commentator has said that unlike other classic authors, the very young Mary Shelley didn’t offer many answers to the dilemma she wrote about. I think she did offer one very clear answer to dealing with the fallout of playing God: Don’t. Do. It. Idiot.
Monsanto is doing it. We are all paying the price and living the nightmare. But there is a difference between Monsanto and Dr. Frankenstein—Victor Frankenstein at least was horrified by what he had wrought. Monsanto has shown no detectable trace of conscience or morality.
Michael White is a man of faith who knows that all giants in history have fallen sooner or later. This one will, too. This video rates a thumbs UP.