Neil Young’s new anti-GMO song confuses science on Starbucks, Monsanto

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Veteran rocker Neil Young, one of the founders of Farm Aid, is releasing a new album called “The Monsanto Years,” that makes any number of silly claims about biotechnology, using Monsanto as a metaphor for the entire plant breeding industry.

The only track so far released from the album is called “Rock Starbucks,” and has these rather incoherent lyrics set to a simple tune.

If you don’t like to rock Starbucks, a coffee shop
Well, you better change your station ’cause that ain’t all that we got
Yeah, I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO
I like to start my day off without helping Monsanto

Monsanto
Let our farmers grow
What they want to grow

The nice thing about lyrics as poetry is that you can use literary compression to express a number of feelings and ideas in the fewest possible words. In this lyric, however, none of the sentiments are actually true: the whole song is intentionally misleading.

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