By Spencer Ackerman
I have to say I get tired of arguments like this one from Nancy Scola at Tapped:
But were Monsanto to disappear, problems in the American agricultural system wouldn’t necessarily follow. The American agricultural landscape is only a distant cousin of what it was only a few decades ago. What we’re left gawking at now is a system where individual farmers and small suppliers either plug into a larger corporate ecosystem or are left to scratch out a living from the land alone — in a world where pretty much everything is institutionalized against them.
Yes, obviously, there are structural problems facing American agriculture that surpass Monsanto’s iniquity. For that matter, as long as the Supreme Court’s Chakrabarty decision stands, big agribusiness can patent life, which is the major tool Monsanto uses to perform its evil. Get rid of Monsanto while Chakrabarty remains in place and the next agribusiness villain just steps in.
But still. Monsanto is a despicable corporation, one that exploits the inability of farmers to prevent the wind from blowing seedlings onto their soil to steal their land. I am less concerned with GM food than I am with its inhuman business practices. Monsanto’s evil is both distinct and strong. If it’s in antitrust trouble, the right thing for people of decency to do is to cackle and then ask what we can do to help destroy it. I don’t want to get “beyond” Monsanto until its rapacious corporate greed is ended. Then we can get beyond it. Not before.