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Do real farmers think of Monsanto as ‘the oppressor’?

| | May 11, 2017
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[Editor’s note: Michelle Miller, known on social media as the Farm Babe, is an Iowa-based farmer, public speaker and writer. Her farm consists of row crops, beef cattle, and sheep.]

I have a confession to make: I’ve never met a real commercial farmer who doesn’t like Monsanto.

Seriously. Come on out to corn and soybean country here in the Midwest (I’m in Iowa) and ask us what we really think. If you try telling farmers Monsanto is evil, they will probably all look at you like you have three heads, while proudly wearing an Asgrow/DeKalb hat. (That’s a popular seed brand owned by Monsanto, for those not familiar with the seed companies.)

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As a real commercial farmer who’s into social media and telling the farmer’s story, it drives me crazy when people believe internet myths before actually asking us as farmers about what we do and why. Despite sensational, agenda-driven movies like “Food Inc” and online YouTube videos and conspiracy theory articles, Monsanto doesn’t have control over us as farmers whatsoever. We have hundreds of seed companies to choose from and thousands of different varieties. People are sometimes led to believe that we are forced to buy Monsanto’s products or that the government pays us to grow their products or that Monsanto has ironclad contracts which force farmers out of business and sue us into oblivion. None of this is true.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Farm Babe: What do farmers actually think of Monsanto?

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