Why the love for new technology in gadgets but not new technology in farming?

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Thinking about the March Against Monsanto, what do people do to vent their frustrations at corporations like this one? They tweet through a corporate-owned company known as Twitter on their iPhones built by Apple (also a corporation). They create and edit pictures, make scary memes using Photoshop (from the corporation Adobe) to share on Facebook (are you seeing a trend?) and then hand out flyers printed from hardware built by corporations like HP or Canon.

People don’t think we need GMOs, and therefore may be against them, but want lower prices at the grocery store or the cosmetically pleasing look of a piece of fruit. The connection between the two gets lost.

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Trish Jordan, the Director of Public & Industry Affairs for Monsanto Canada, gets direct contact with the fear, the hate and the pandemonium that it seems to generate. “I think a challenge we face is that people don’t understand what we do at Monsanto. It’s partly because of scientific illiteracy, partly because of a lack of understanding of farm production practices, and partly because we didn’t do a good enough job when this technology first came to the market about sharing what biotechnology is all about and how it helps farmers.”

Read the full, original article: The Corporation Conundrum: Why Consumers Hate Monsanto, But Love Their iPhones

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