Neil Young Records Anti-GMO Themed Album Titled “The Monsanto Years”

Neil Young has long championed the farmer, as evidenced by his co-founding, along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, of Farm Aid in 1985. Young has often been an outspoken critic for and against various political and social issues, some of which I didn’t and don’t agree; but, on the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms I’m in agreement. Moreover, I concur with his insistence on high quality recording for music; and his early rejection of digital in favor of analog was spot on, though the higher quality digital recording techniques and media have now reached more than acceptable levels. But I digress.

Young’s newest album, recorded with two of Nelson’s sons, is set for release on June 30th. NPR posted a review of the record, including full audio of the 1st disc of the 2-disc set. While I certainly don’t look to Neil Young for Biblical interpretation, I find these lyrics poignant:

Don’t care now what the Bible said so long ago – not Monsanto

Give us now our daily bread and let us not go – Monsanto

The seeds of life are not what they once were

Mother Nature and God don’t own them anymore

For those not aware, Monsanto successfully won patents for its pesticide-resistant seed. When spores from these patented seeds travel via wind currents and mix with non-GMO farms’ plants, the result is the formerly pure seed is now tainted with the GMO and may be considered a patent violation for the unfortunate farmer, who may have to pay Monsanto.  Food and Water Watch had this to say about the issue:

Trying to keep a farm GMO-free is harder than you might think. Some GMOs don’t stay put where they’re planted. It’s quite common for them to contaminate neighboring farms, or even farms many miles away when pollen from GMO crops drifts on the wind. Seed supplies can be contaminated with GMOs, too. In 2013, an Oregon farmer found GMO wheat in his field – an unapproved crop that hasn’t been field tested since 2005. This is a serious problem for organic farmers, who are not allowed to use GMOs.

More to the point, perhaps, is that most, if not all organic farmers do not want GMO crops. And I certainly don’t want genetically modified food. Yet, I wonder, given the ease with which organic farms can be contaminated, just how much food labelled “organic” is truly GMO-free.

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4 Responses to Neil Young Records Anti-GMO Themed Album Titled “The Monsanto Years”

  1. mywordlikefire says:

    Reblogged this on My Word Like Fire.

  2. mywordlikefire says:

    Thanks Craig. Good to know.

  3. The creation of GMOs is perfectly in line with Satan’s destructive policy for transformation of the planet. God’s creation is being changed by agents of change to become different from the original. That’s really all it’s about. In defiance of God’s instructions in Genesis that seed would bear after it’s kind there has always been this attempt to corrupt God’s creation. The successful attempts to modify the human gene and the plant gene is only the beginning. Then there is the modification of God’s Word, which is the original seed that he has planted in us. How can we grow and develop properly if the Word is being corrupted by all kinds of modified teachings. Oh, the plans of Satan are diabolical towards mankind.

    As the DNA structure of the human body is altered, so is the outward and inward form of the human organism. As the DNA structure of the plant is altered so is the form of the plant organism. As the DNA(message, code) of the Word of God is altered, so is the building or structure of the organism (body of Christ). It is no longer what God intended but has become transformed from inside out.

    We now we are beginning to see the fearful outcomes of tampering with God’s original natural world, but those who destroy the earth and God’s creation will soon experience their own destruction: “and should destroy those who destroy the earth”
    Revelation11:
    17:“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
    The One who is and who was and who is to come,[g]
    Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
    18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
    And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
    And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
    And those who fear Your name, small and great,
    And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

    Just so we, as Christians are also seeing the outcome of tampering with the Word of God in it’s purest form using the Hegelian Dialectic (including inter spirituality and false teaching) rendering transformation of the Word of God as one of Satan’s greatest triumphs.

    This is the passage that inspired me this morning to come back to your post of yesterday about corruption and GMOs. We have something that can’t be changed if we keep ourselves from mixing with the seeds of the change agents of today and stay with the uncorrupted original Word of God.

    The Enduring Word

    1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[e] 24 because

    “All flesh is as grass,
    And all the glory of man[f] as the flower of the grass.
    The grass withers,
    And its flower falls away,
    25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”[g]
    Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

    None of us want the corruption of GMOs but how much less do we want the Word modified? We must contend for the faith once delivered…

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