The Power of Doubt

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The Power of Doubt

Why do we make the same mistakes over and over again?

Why do we let businesses profit from our own destruction?

Why do we keep believing we can control nature?

Like the movie Groundhog Day, we’re made to relive the same story over and over until we get it right.

We need a new model.

There’s just one problem.

We’re educating ourselves out of the capacity to find solutions.

We’re really good at breaking things up into tiny bits and studying them.

Meanwhile, we’re not so good at looking at the whole picture – the systems approach.

Whether you’re talking about doctors looking at the whole body or scientists looking at the whole environment, very few have been encouraged to look at the whole picture and see how it all works together.

A recent study showed stories on global warming have completely missed the food and agriculture connection, with only 2.4% of articles mentioning farming practices as a contributor.

Less than 1% made the connection between livestock and meat production and climate change.

Corporations use this reductionist approach to their advantage by instilling doubt about potentially damaging findings.

If scientists study laboratory animals, companies issue statements claiming animal studies don’t correlate to human studies.

Then they do all they can to discredit studies in humans and, if that fails, they discredit the scientists who conducted the studies.

When that doesn’t work, sellers of chemicals and GMOs lie by issuing important-looking documents, brochures, or posts on their websites, all accompanied by pictures of happy children, beautiful cornfields, and patriotic farmers.

They proclaim there’s no “proof” of any danger to consumers, their products are safe and reliable.

After all, the government has approved their products, so they must be safe.

They insist you can’t feed the world without their products because the population is growing so fast and the available arable land is shrinking.

They want us to believe we’re all in big trouble without chemicals!

They’re so effective at conveying this message you don’t know what to think.

Doubt makes us keep our mouths shut.

No one wants to be wrong.

And we’re all afraid of looking stupid.

The confusion doubt creates has been deliberate.

And it works.

If you’ve seen the ads Monsanto placed in newspapers you might think without biotechnology drought will decimate our crops and destroy our ability to eat and protect our families.

Fortunately, they say, researchers at Monsanto are hard at work figuring out a way to engineer seeds more drought-proof.

But, the power of advertising is being used to confuse people and distract us from the real issues.

Milk is a powerful example.

Most dairy farmers – large and small, organic or chemical – sell their milk to a cooperative or a company that pasteurizes and homogenizes, packages, markets, and distributes it to retailers.

The price the farmers earn depends on supply and demand.

If there’s too much milk, the price goes down.

Many chemical dairy farmers rely on rBGH (recombinant, or genetically engineered, bovine growth hormone) to increase production, because they believe if they can get more milk out of their cows, they’ll make more money, and they need to produce more milk because worldwide demand is increasing.

They need to feed the world.

But rBGH isn’t the panacea farmers believe it to be.

It causes cows to suffer a variety of problems and infections.

So the cows are treated with antibiotics.

Several years ago, Monsanto lobbied vigorously, at the state as well as federal level, to prohibit the labeling of any milk as “hormone-free.”

(Certified organic dairy farms may not use artificial hormones.)

Monsanto argued because rBGH hasn’t been deemed unsafe, it confused consumers to allow labels mentioning hormones because they implied hormone-free milk is different or better.

Monsanto gave up on this weak case and sold its rBGH division in late 2008.

Even if rBGH isn’t harmful to dairy cows or people, we don’t need more milk.

We already have too much milk.

So why is everyone surprised when the price of milk drops by more than 50%?

An article published in 2009 implied organic dairy farmers regretted their choice to work within the organic standards.

The economic downturn and oversupply of milk affected organic dairy farmers, too.

The article suggested organic dairy farmers were suffering the most.

Though farmers repeatedly told the reporter they felt very lucky they’d made the switch to organic and had no regrets about their decision, they were portrayed as feeling the opposite.

Bottom line, if there wasn’t organic they wouldn’t be milking cows.

Newspapers are struggling these days, too, as they suffer through the biggest advertising shortfall in history.

The New York Times is facing unprecedented threats to its survival.

One company still regularly buys full-page, full-color ads:  Monsanto.

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Dick and Lenay

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