by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
Basing their decision on evaluations of hundreds of thousands of women and minorities, Fortune Magazine has named Monsanto one of the ‘50 best places to work’ based on diversity. But can a workplace be all that great when its main objective is to genetically manipulate nature and leave the planet a genotoxic, pesticide-riddled, soil-ruined mess.
Sure, maybe it is great if a woman or minority to work at Monsanto and climb the corporate ladder to obtain a position of leadership, but at what true cost? Women currently only fill 25% of the jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, but it is no big achievement if women fill more of these positions simply to allow the corporate machine to dictate how ‘life’ happens on this planet.
The real point here is that while it’s great to see this kind of equality, working at a company like Monsanto is a questionable job for anyone.
What’s more, it doesn’t seem like Monsanto’s intentions for this minority employee acceptance is pure.
As Josh Sager insightfully points out:
“During Obama’s four years as president, the federal government had several opportunities to pass legislation and executive initiatives which affect Monsanto. Of these federal initiatives, the 2010 African hunger plan and the 2012 Farm Bill present the most important examples of the Obama administration’s friendly attitude towards Monsanto.
In 2010, the Obama administration pushed a humanitarian initiative focused upon increasing the food supply of poor areas of Africa—while the ideals of this program are admirable, the execution presents an incredible opportunity to agro-business conglomerates like Monsanto. In order to solve the ‘hunger problem’ in Africa, the Obama administration has partnered with large industrial farming and GMO operations, under the aegis that these organizations can produce large amounts of food quickly.”
I would be remiss, if I didn’t point out that ‘minorities,’ (meaning non-affluent, non-white males around the globe) have been force-fed genetically modified food even when they have vehemently opposed them. African nations were even marking aid packages ‘return to sender’ due to their GM nature.
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