The documentary Bad Seed: The truth about our food, instantly clicked in my head when I saw the YouTube video in class this Wednesday. The documentary, released in June 2006, is based on the spread of genetically modified foods and Monsanto across the world. As mentioned in Shiva's essay Democratizing Biology and in the video, the world especially the Third World is being controlled by the multinational corporations such as the Monsanto. Scientists are taking the lead in such an oligarchy. Once the seeds are patented, Monsanto is the only company that can produce it. In my Research Topics for Biochemistry course, we were told the main reason a company patents their product is to claim ownership of their products. Once a product is patented the company has the right to control further research done on the product. And that is exactly what Monsanto did to hide their knowledge from further research and therefore from the farmers. This has stirred up concerns in other scientists, environmentalists, and mainly farmers. It is ironic to see the effects of Monsanto's products on the environment, people, crops, and farming quality and their companies proposed "role" below:
"Sustainable agriculture is at the core of Monsanto. We are committed to developing the technologies that enable farmers to produce more crops while conserving more of the natural resources that are essential to their success."
So my questions are: if Monsanto is so dedicated to "conserving more of the natural resources" why are all these farmers refusing to use their products? Even some Third world countries are refusing to accept donations of GM foods. Why are they choosing to die of hunger than live on GM foods? Most European countries have either banned or label GM foods. Why aren't our foods being labeled? Do we deserve to know what we are eating?
The following YouTube video is the trailer to the documentary Bad Seed: The truth about our food. It is a bit longer than an actual trailer and very descriptive.