So Ben, what is your solution for how commercial farmers should optimize yields, without somehow using pesticides? Or do you really think organic commercial farmers also don’t use toxic substances to kill unwanted pests that reduce yields?

Roundup is an herbicide, so I’m not sure why you’re bringing pesticides into the equation.

My personal favorite solution for this would be to end farm subsidies so that so much space isn’t wasted feeding animals. Let the price of meat move up to where it should be. People will eat less meat, and more acres of farmland can be used to feed people instead of animals.

And seriously, you worried about RoundUp? You have any idea how non toxic that stuff is compared to other alternatives? Even vinegar kills more rats than glyphosate, which is not much different in toxicity than table salt.

Roundup does not solely comprise glyphosate. Even if your links about glyphosate are accurate, there are multiple other chemicals present in Roundup. Actual science suggests they may not be as safe as they have been billed. Just because Monsanto calls them inert doesn’t mean they really are inert.

Of course, there are reasons to doubt your links.

The truth will come out during proceedings, that these are just stupid trumped up charges with no evidence of harm. Of course, I’m sure you will not accept any outcome that does not fit your ideology. I’m posting this info to better inform and educate the silent readers on the sidelines, as I suspect your identity is too wrapped up in your anti-corporation worldview to accept any scientific evidence that points the way to what is true, vs BS.

It has nothing to do with identity and everything to do with skepticism. You state that “the truth will come out” in this trial. What makes you so sure? Do you have some fundamental trust in government, courts, and judges? I don’t, and I am not in the business of making faith-based claims about whether the truth will or will not come out in a given trial. I also am skeptical of corporations, and of people who make claims about products after receiving funding from the producers of said products. If you believe such people, maybe you should also ask Michael Jordan for his unbiased opinion of Air Jordans.

Ultimately, I do not put blind faith in institutions, be they private or public, and I definitely do not consider non-replicated studies scientific. Inherent in the claim of science to be able to make predictive determinations based on empirical data is the requirement that experiments and studies should be replicable, but the majority of studies presented as science cannot be replicated and are false. We may live in the Information Age, but we are inundated daily with pseudo-science and propaganda.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad these people are getting their day in court, and that some of Monsanto’s practices and products will be put under the microscope and judged, but I see no reason to assume that the judgment rendered by the court will be correct. Courts make incorrect rulings all the time, because courts are staffed by people, and people are fallible. That’s one of the reasons we have an appeals process.

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