Monsanto is a Great American Company, the website of Business Week magazine, recently posted an article called Inside Monsanto, America’s Third Most-Hated Company

And I thought to myself, “Who says it is America’s third most-hated company? Who hates Monsanto anyway? After all it is a productive corporation that does great things and employs smart people who do innovative things to make the world a better place.”

But I knew that this characterization is just another attack on another corporation from the anti-business left. Monsanto in fact is a major agricultural innovator whose products and technologies are helping to feed a hungry world. I know that it is a great company if only by dint of the fact that the Permanent Protester Class hates Monsanto. Because these protesters hate anything that is productive, like Monsanto, and embrace anything that is totally nonproductive like organic farming and solar energy and the useless Chevy Volt (whatever happened to that thing?).

In its article reported the following excerpts about Monsanto, each followed by a comment: reports about a modern farm in Illinois: On the 60-foot planter behind (his tractor), a $47,000 sensor array helps deposit each corn kernel at a depth of 2 inches, no matter how hard or soft the soil. A computer in the cab calculates the fertility of different parts of the field and adjusts the planter accordingly. The seeds themselves are a new hybrid with a candy-green coating containing insecticides and fungicides. DNA inserted into the seeds produces a protein that kills pests such as corn borers, earworms, and rootworms. Other spliced-in genes confer immunity to the weed killers Spears uses, greatly simplifying his spraying schedule. comment: Wonderful. This is super-productive, modern agribusiness using the latest technology, much of it developed by Monsanto. This is the only reason that we have abundant food at low prices; because smart, hard-working people are working day and night innovating, as they have for thousands of years. The protesters hate that because leftists despise abundance – which is produced by profit-making capitalist innovation – and they embrace scarcity – which is produced by nonprofit socialism. reports: In a Harris Poll this year measuring the “reputation quotient” of major companies, Monsanto ranked third-lowest, above BP and Bank of America and just behind Halliburton. For much of its history it was a chemical company, producing compounds used in electrical equipment, adhesives, plastics, and paint. Some of those chemicals—DDT, Agent Orange, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—have had long and controversial after-lifes. The company is best known, however, as the face of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. comment: All of the negative hysteria whipped up over Monsanto is generated exclusively by the Protester Left and reported dutifully by their cronies in the Liberal Media. For instance, DDT was maligned and banned for decades until it was found to be vastly less toxic than reported and extremely effective in combating malaria, and now is back in wide use globally. PCBs were falsely smeared the same way. Ditto the chemical compound called dioxin. On the other hand BP was defamed by the Protester Class because its Gulf of Mexico oil well blew out in 2010. The protesters never talk about the other 99.9% of the story, the hundreds of billions of barrels of crude oil, gasoline, heating oil and myriad other petroleum products that companies like BP produce without incident and that have given us our prosperity and our freedom. They only focus on the negative. This is a trait of all socialists. reports: On May 24, cities worldwide saw the second annual “March Against Monsanto.” comment: Yes, and if the kooks weren’t targeting Monsanto it would be some other company. Because these protesters produce nothing and complain about everything. They must have constant new targets for their protester mentality, which must be constantly fed and agitated. Otherwise they feel hollow inside because they have no real accomplishments in life. reports: (Monsanto’s) name has become shorthand for corporate villainy, like Standard Oil a century ago or the private military contractor Blackwater. A rumor persists that Blackwater, whose own reputation problems have led it to change its name multiple times, has merged with Monsanto. (But Monsanto) has not, in fact, merged with Blackwater. …It is, however, extremely profitable. Today’s Monsanto was spun off in 2000 after a merger with the drugmaker Pharmacia & Upjohn. That year the new company’s net income was $149 million; last year it was $2.5 billion. Since 2000, Monsanto’s stock market value has grown from $7 billion to more than $66 billion. comment: Oh, so there you go. It is a profitable company. Therefore it is hated by the communist left, which is the force that is largely behind the anti-Monsanto protests. Meanwhile guess how many of the protester nuts still spread the Blackwater rumor? Answer: All of them. reports: Widespread public suspicion of GM (genetically modified) crops has not stopped their spread: According to the Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of the corn and cotton and 93 percent of the soybeans planted in the U.S. last year were genetically modified. These are commodity crops used mostly for animal feed and fuel ethanol, but they also provide the corn syrup in bottled beverages and the soy lecithin in chocolate bars. comment: We have been eating these “modern” foods and bio-engineered foods for decades. These foods have provided America and the world an abundant nutrition supply. But remember that socialism hates abundance because socialism cannot produce abundance. So they have to find a way to malign this abundance in any way they can. Today it is by protesting GM crops or something else like natural gas abundance through the “fracking” process. reports: While the debate about the impact of GM crops on the environment continues, the question of their effect on human health looks increasingly settled. The National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Britain’s Royal Society, the European Commission, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others, have all surveyed the substantial research literature and found no evidence that the GM foods on the market today are unsafe to eat. comment: No surprise there. This is what we conservatives have been saying for decades. So here is the Golden Rule: If a leftist protester says it then you know that it is false. reports: At the same time, after a decade concentrating on seeds and genetically engineered “traited” crops, Monsanto is broadening its focus. Much of its $1.5 billion research budget goes into traditional plant breeding, the same craft the botanist Gregor Mendel pioneered on his pea plants a century and a half ago, though at a scale and speed that would boggle the friar’s mind. Monsanto is also researching the targeted use of bacteria, fungi, and other living organisms to protect and nourish seeds. comment: Thankfully someone is growing real food for all of us, not tiny fields of “organic” lettuce at $5 a head that rots in three days. Did you ever notice how the people who buy “organic” food in these “health food” stores always look totally UNhealthy? reports: Talk to Monsanto executives or the employees who develop and sell its seeds and sprays and software, and they’ll tell you that everything the company does is aimed at making farming more efficient and therefore more environmentally friendly. comment: The key to environmentally sound practices is one word – efficiency. Meanwhile these protesters are advocates of INefficiency, and therefore are harming the environment with their “organic” hobby farms that feed almost nobody and their solar panels that produce virtually no electricity. reports: The main Monsanto research facility is in Chesterfield, Mo., a few miles from where the Missouri River bends sharply north to skirt St. Louis and then empties into the Mississippi. The 1.5-million-square-foot complex has 250 laboratories and 124 “growth chambers”—rooms like walk-in freezers where temperature, light, and humidity can be customized to mimic different climates. Running along one side of the parking lot are two huge lab buildings, each topped with a long, glinting serration of greenhouses. On the other side of the lot is a construction site—the facility is in the middle of a $400 million expansion. comment: Awesome. This is what real human progress looks like, all done in the private, profit-making sector. And rest assured that the only time that the communists will use any modern ag technology is to grow marijuana, because that is the only crop that they must make sure is successful. reports: In 1986, Monsanto scientists successfully spliced into a seed a stretch of DNA from Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a bacterium that makes a protein lethal to insect larvae that feed on corn, potatoes, and cotton. A year earlier, Monsanto researchers had developed plants resistant to glyphosate, a popular herbicide it sold under the brand name Roundup. The source for the resistant genes was also a bacterium, a strain discovered living in the mud by one of the company’s own herbicide factories. Constantly exposed to glyphosate runoff, the organism had developed immunity. The company now sells seeds for Roundup Ready soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, alfalfa, and sugar beets. comment: Meanwhile, in the last 50 years one million stoned-out ‘hippies’ tried to grow organic crops on a million little one-acre farms and most failed. So now they are protesting Monsanto because of one thing – envy. They are deliriously jealous of Monsanto’s success because they know that they themselves are failures. reports: Those research efforts were led by Robert Fraley, a young, ambitious Ph.D. He’d joined the company in 1981 out of the biochemistry program at the University of California at San Francisco, where genetic engineering had effectively been invented several years before. Today, Fraley is Monsanto’s chief technology officer and, along with Grant, the company’s public face. …“I’m always amazed that critics can figure out some simple sound bite to point out how all these things are bad and wrong, and that there’s a better way,” he says. “Show me that better plan for improving yields and doubling production to meet demand for food, and we’ll probably be doing research on it.” comment: So take your pick. You are either with Monsanto or you are against it. And I am with Monsanto all the way, as any smart person would be.

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