Mainstream reporting lately gives a pass to the pesticide industry that pours millions into lobbying government and media elites and defeating voter ballot initiatives to require labeling of GMO foods.
I chance to say this new type of industrial agriculture isn't modern at all but a development of the notion that we can conquer nature rather than be in harmony with her. Modern agriculture has not yet been conceived in its fullest sense.
Walmart sells one fifth of America's food. Big Ag, made of the likes of Walmart, is in the halls of Congress and government, drafting the farm bill. It takes courage, luck, and grit to think of agriculture and, actually, farm.
This award not only communicates a false connection between GMOs and solutions to hunger and agricultural degradation, but it also diverts attention from truly "nutritious and sustainable" agroecological approaches already proving effective.
We revere the image of farmers on TV commercials and in campaign speeches. The truth is there are one billion farmers on earth and 60 percent of them live in poverty. God may have made farmers, but man continues to make new ways to exploit them.
It's easy to get disheartened when confronted with the overwhelming and often depressing statistics we have about climate change, obesity and food shortage today. But think of the power all of us have to make a change.