Plates of Mexican food

How Facebook has killed legitimate debate

Lunchtime in small farming communities with good restaurants is good for more than just the plate of Mexican food.

This is usually where the world’s problems are solved, tales are supersized and stories I cannot repeat here get told. Well, some of them at least.

You’ll never know how many thoughts I’ve been able to cobble together from these lunchtime gatherings over enchiladas or mouth-watering steaks. My purpose with these columns is always the story or an idea versus outing a source.

One such conversation meandered into how people view GMOs and the accusations that certain companies control Congress and the agencies. This is where I will name a company, not to malign it, but to simply use it as an example many of us are familiar with already.

“You either love them or hate them,” said my lunchtime partner of Monsanto.

For all the innuendo regarding Monsanto and the evil boogeyman has become in social media, how can a company powerful enough to “own Congress and control our food supply” (the premise behind the meme) sit idle over our water situation and not build a few dams to irrigate the crops we’re told they force upon farmers?

Disclaimer: I’m not picking on Monsanto, nor am I a “shill” for the company. I own no stock and have no relatives employed by the firm. I’m just fed up with the use of Monsanto’s name as a synonym for “evil.”

Don’t we have bigger issues facing society right now than to invent problems? Human beings in Tulare County, Calif. still live in third-world conditions because they’ve had no running water for two years and yet people are giving credence to Facebook memes over GMO’s and other non-issues?

It’s not just Monsanto; you can pick from a list of companies that, simply because of their size, are automatically “evil” for no other reason than their ledger sheets reflect revenues that carry at least three commas.

While water became the topic du jour this summer and people were asking how much it takes to grow food did anyone stop and ask how much water went into making the new iPhone we had to have when it hit the streets in September?

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