Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Green Revolution and Coporations

The Green Revolution was a major topic of discussion in class. However the way it was discussed was not really a fair break-up of the topic. I think that it isn’t just a topic of whether it was good or whether it was bad but rather certain aspects were good and certain bad aspects that had and continue to have severe negative ramifications. Whether it was necessary or forced the Green Revolution happened and its effect are all around today in many areas and the best thing to do is deal with it and try to revive what it actually set out to do. The Green Revolution was founded on ideals that by increasing the amount of food produced would solve the bigger problem of world hunger. This was a good idea to start with but this may not have been necessary solution for this problem. The more logical solution was to redistribute and revamp societal structures. But therein lays the problem. World hunger isn’t an issue of lack of food but overall distribution. So to solve world hunger would actually force us to resolve the major faults in society. The question is can that even be done?

I feel that the Green Revolution had good intentions that were misconstrued by big corporations that claimed to be serving the purpose of the greater good however instead took advantage of this situation to corner the seed market and change it into a multi-billion dollar industry to benefit themselves. Monsanto for example claims to be a company that gets farmers to grow and yield healthier foods for the future. But how can this be when they are known for using the terminator gene in some products before they were asked to remove it. Also they are known for suing farmers who had inadvertently grown products that were cross pollinated by Monsanto products, because Monsanto claimed that what the farmers did is like stealing Monsanto product. However their use of genetics has brought their products to the forefront and allows many to grow in conditions that were not always suitable. Monsanto began in the early 1900s and has been growing ever since. I feel that the Green Revolution took Monsanto to where it is today and for the wrong reasons. Monsanto had no intention of stopping world hunger but instead turn a profit through innovation.

The last sentence in the previous paragraph summarizes the whole problem it’s not the lack of food but human nature. How can we solve a global problem when a few control the overall world’s situation? The way to fix that would be to employ some sort of Marxist ideas which would not take to many if any cultures. So solving the world hunger problem was not answered by the Green Revolution but the Green Revolution may yet give us the ability to solve the problem. However without a worldwide effort to alleviate world hunger and give to the poor what they need because they need it nothing will change.

1 comment:

  1. "Monsanto had no intention of stopping world hunger but instead turn a profit through innovation." I completely agree with this statement, many companies hide behind the green revolution, and say they are doing certain things for the right reasons, but when all is said and done, money is always the driving force. Many people argue that you can't blame the green revolution for many of the problems that have been the occurred from using unsustainable alternatives (petroleum based fertilizers, and pesticides) rather the green revolution was just an idea and companies came up with solutions to problems that were put in front of them. Well in that case we need to look over current companies operating codes of ethics. When a company like Monsanto’s pledge is “We want to make the world a better place for future generations. As an agricultural company, Monsanto can do this best by providing value through the products and systems we offer to farmers” and then they institute the terminator gene into their seed production, it is clear that we have a problem. We as consumers need to stand up for our rights and only then will we see a change.