Well known activist and famous musician Neil Young is pushing some buttons and stirring up discussion with a new short documentary he has created called “Seeding Fear.” Seeding fears is a documentary designed by Young to inspire more of his fans and the general public to call into question the dubious practices and influence of Monsanto whose actions and practices are exposed in the documentary.
Young also recently released an album entitled “The Monsanto Years,”. Young actively uses his celebrity to bring the public focus to corruption and the genetic engineering and food politics issues that are affecting the global community.
The short 10 minute expose documents the true story of Michael and Wayne White- father and son farmers, who took on the massive biotech corporation to court.
Wayne White was sued by Monsanto decades after ceasing to farm and the case brought against him virtually ruined his life, according to his son Michael who says, “He went to his grave –this grave – still afraid of [Monsanto].”
Their personal and intense story is told in this short documentary film and would serve humanity well to be spread far and wide as it can help open the discussion and inspire radical change in our willingness to accept the powers of the biotech industry.
Young debuted his film with the following statement,
“As I write this, the dark act is up for a vote in the House of Representatives; representatives of the people. The dark act takes away the rights of those people to vote for or against things like GMO labeling in their states. It does seem ironic. If the act is passed, it will truly be a dark day for America.
Monsanto is a corporation with great wealth, now controlling over 90% of soybean and corn growth in America. Family farms have been replaced by giant agri-corp farms across this great vast country we call home. Farm aid and other organizations have been fighting the losing battle against this for 30 years now.
Dairy and meat farming is done in those white sheds you see from the freeway, no longer on the green pastures of home with the old farmhouses and barns. Those beautiful buildings now stand in ruin across the country. This has happened on our watch while the country slept, distracted by advertising and false information from the corporations. Monsanto and others simply pay the politicians for voting their way. This is because of “Citizens United”, a legislation that has made it possible for corporations to have the same rights as people, while remaining immune to people’s laws.
Both Democratic andRepublican front runners are in bed with Monsanto, from Clinton to Bush, as many government branches are and have been for years. This presidential election could further cement the dominance of corporation’s rights over people’s rights in America. If you have a voice you have a choice. Use it.
On the human side, the film I would like you to see tells the story of a farming family in America,but the same thing is happening around the world. It is a story that takes 10minutes of your time to see. It is a simple human one, telling the heartbreaking story of one man who fought the corporate behemoth Monsanto, and it illustrates why I was moved to write The Monsanto Years.
The film presents a rare opportunity to hear from the source as Mr. White is one of only four farmers who is still legally allowed to speak about his case as all the others have been effectively silenced.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you look at this simple and powerful film, “Seeding Fear”.
“The Monsanto Years”
*Article originally appeared at Earth. We are one.