Monsanto, the organization well-known for Roundup Ready and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), has been on the allegation chopping block lately for their “products.” The Inquisitr previously reported on said allegations. This includes GMOs allegedly causing health issues in Russia as well as the rising suicide rate in India. It should be noted that the two aforementioned allegations are just a few in many enforcing the organic community’s push for GMO labeling.
Despite this, Monsanto hasn’t fired back, supposedly showing off their “too big to fail” mentality as assumed by many in the organic community. That is not the case anymore as Monsanto strikes back against Neil Young for his newest album The Monsanto Years. They specifically disagree with certain scathing songs painting both GMO and the company itself in a negative way.
According to EcoWatch, Neil Young purposely took jabs at Monsanto with The Monsanto Years, specifically with the song “Monsanto Years.” The song calls out the corporation’s ownership of seeds and the allegations that GMO crops are harmful to humans. Because of this, Monsanto gave a statement in regard to the song as well as Neil Young.
“Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young. Unfortunately, for some of us, his current album may fail to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable. We recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics.”
Neil Young doesn’t just attack Monsanto in The Monsanto Years. In the original article by Billboard, numerous corporations were name-dropped in songs, including Chevron, Walmart, and Starbucks. It should be noted that Starbucks is also scorned upon in the organic community for notoriously using GMOs in their drinks. Nevertheless, Starbucks gave a statement taking more of an indifferent stance towards GMOs rather than criticizing the song or Neil Young.
“Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO [genetically modified organism] labeling. As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution.”
Neil Young’s new album The Monsanto Years released yesterday, June 29, 2015. As of now, reviews for it are mixed, ranging from perfect scores to average.
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