Monday, August 29, 2011

Agroindustry as entry point for big pharma

This is a scary, well-reasoned article that argues that the biotech industry is not involved in agriculture as an end in itself, but rather as a jumping-off point to create private, propietary technological processes while aided by lots of public money. The end goal would be to create advanced biotech pharmaceutical innovations (organs for transplant, medical proteins, etc.) for the high-end medical consumermarket. Pursuing advances in a given field in order to realize high profits isn't bad in and of itself. But compromising and manipulating the agriculture upon which humanity's well-being depends in order to achieve private gain is a real sin.

1 comment:

  1. Here's another recent article on Monsanto:
    Posits that farmers are in an arms race against problems (such as super-weeds and super-bugs) created by Monsanto products, whose solutions are newer Monsanto products that generate more problems..