March Against Monsanto claims victory for creating world’s largest agribusiness company

Pesticide and pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced that it would be acquiring seed giant Monsanto. Now you would think this would make MAM howling mad. You would think that. Instead, they are cheering it and counting it as a victory. Obviously, we should take a brief pause to celebrate our efforts. One has to assume Monsanto, one of the most pow…

Biotech industry files for bankruptcy

Note: This is re-write and update from a 2013 post. Days after a group of 107 Nobel Laureates published a letter telling Greenpeace to knock it off with their anti-GMO nonsense, the biotechnology industry filed for bankruptcy, citing their misguided buying everybody off, scheme . At a hastily called press conference, industry representat…

Guest Post: GMO labels. The purpose is…?

Today's guest "post" comes from friend of the Contrarian, mem-somerville. She's created a great Storify. As the campaign for labeling heats up,  the true goal of the Right-to-Know labeling crowd is becoming more readily transparent. Through the use of screenshots, she shows the antis in their own words, how their goal is elimination of GMOS and …

What if a corporation isn’t evil incarnate? A progressive’s dilemma.

It all used to be so easy. There were the good guys, us, and there were the bad guys, them. Then I meandered into the issue of GMOs. That's when everything became complicated. I support the use of transgenics for our food supply, simply because I trust the science behind it and because all my research has led me in that direction. What bothers me…

Food Democracy and Earth Open Source: Anti-GMO punks

Last week I followed a little exchange on the Twitter between Biofortified's Anastasia Bodnar and some punk from the anti-gmo activist group Food Democracy who Bodnar identified as Dave Murphy, the founder and Executive Director of Food Democracy Now! It all started innocently enough. Bodnar had watched a Kickstarter promo for a documentary Th…

Jeffrey Smith to broadcast live anti-GMO freakshow on the internet.

Mark you calendars now. The Yogic flying dancer teacher and self styled gmo expert brings his sideshow act to the internet. October 25-27 .   All your favorite anti-gmo cartoon characters will be  there. Click to play video   [video width="640" height="480" flv="http://theprogressivecontrarian.com/mooney-content/uploads/2013/10/loo…

Norman Borlaug and Vandana Shiva were walking along a beach…

Norman Borlaug* and Vandana Shiva were walking along a beach when they came upon a bottle. Borlaug reached down, picked it up and opened it. A genie appeared and thanked them for releasing him. He was so grateful that he offered to grant the two any wish they wanted. He turned to Borlaug and asked him what he wanted. Borlaug didn't miss a beat an…