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Good Morning Mr Monsanto – a poem by Peter Howe

by on 02/11/2012

Good Morning Mr Monsanto
Peter Howe
http://peterhowe.wordpress.com

“Roundup Ready soybeans did not exist except by science. It was man-created. We took something that would not have occurred without our efforts and intervention and we created something of much higher value. In this country, that qualifies for a patent.” Scott Baucum on the Monsanto website.

Oats and beans and barley grow
Oats and beans and barley grow
Do you or I or anyone know
Better than Mr Monsanto?

Good morning Mr Monsanto
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids … I don’t think so

I can see, Mr Nurseryman
How perfect your garden grows
With soybeans, cotton, maize
In rows and rows and rows

In rows and rows and rows and rows
And nothing else to see
No birds or bugs or beetles
No butterflies, no bees

No cornflower, morning glory
Dandelion, buttercup
Poppy, thistle, nettle
I see you’ve had a round-up

You rounded up weeds, diseases and blights
Nature’s every monstrosity
I notice you also rounded up
Gratitude, generosity

Fairness, co-operation
Nothing’s sacred in these hills
Except your corporation
Nothing’s green but dollar bills

Oats and beans and barley grow
Oats and beans and barley grow
Nor you nor I nor anyone knows
Better than Mr Monsanto

First the farmer buys his seed
Its roundup ready, takes his ease
No weed in sight, he claps his hands
Nothing else grows on his land

Now you’re married you must obey
Every year you have to pay
Mr Monsanto, he’s your employer
Or he will beat you with his lawyer

Oats and beans and barley grow
Oats and beans and barley grow
Nor you nor I nor even God knows
Better than Mr Monsanto

They’ve done the plants with herbicides
Done for the bees with insecticides
Children better stay inside
Now they’re doing the countryside

Pesticides and fungicides
On hillside, by riverside
Farmer’s children stay inside
Its driving daddy to suicide

Good morning Mr Nurseryman
Did you give thanks today?
For earth’s abundant gift of life
For the sun and rain, wind and light

Did you sing and play
Did you dance or say
An amazing grace
Did you pray?

Written for the Stourbridge Transition Town Initiative on the occasion of the first theatre event in the new Ruskin Arts Centre, Stourbridge, 5th October 2012.

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