Thursday, January 14, 2010

Boycott Forbes Magazine

Fact is stranger than fiction. I couldn't have made this up. Forbes Magazine just named Monsanto "Company of the Year" for 2009:

The award came in the same issue as this extraordinarily shallow article, which reads like a press release:

(Is that journalism?)

In my opinion, Monsanto poses the greatest risk to our food supply of any corporate or governmental entity on the planet. Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed, edited by Vandana Shiva, is an excellent collection of essays that explores some of the issues quite eloquently, and from a few different perspectives. Or, for those who prefer a video format, I offer The World According to Monsanto:

If you don't have time for the book or the video, you can search the Internet for monsanto is evil and see what you get.

I'm already boycotting Monsanto to the best of my ability, so it's time to boycott Forbes.

Or perhaps it's long past time to boycott Forbes. Here's the opening paragraph of this article written by Forbes editor Michael Noer in their 8/22/2006 issue:
Guys: a word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry a woman with a career.
It doesn't even matter to me what the rest of the article says, or what the context is. Opening like this is utterly beyond the pale, even though it was no doubt intended to be "controversial" or "provocative". For the magazine to have published it says quite a bit about their attitude. And for them not to have acknowledged their mistake, but instead to have dignified it with a "counterpoint" written by a woman, says even more.

Please cancel my subscription to your magazine. And I will no longer be advertising with you. Thank you very much.


Virginia said...

Wow! Thanks for the heads up! Calling to cancel my free subscription as well!

Sara said...

I too already boycott everything even remotely connected to Monsanto; they are truly evil. They obviously have Forbes's publisher in their pocket. I didn't realize Forbes was that bad, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Thanks for spreading the word!

Marianne Elixir said...

I heard about this yesterday! Atrocious.

Have you done the work to find a complete list of the companies/products Monsanto owns? I have meant to put together a list so that I can pass it onto family and friends for boycotting, I but haven't taken the time.

Alex Lewin said...


I haven't. I do stay away from GM foods, when possible, so that's something!

Unfortunately Monsanto has started buying up seed companies, even small, ecological ones. It is somewhat terrifying to think what they might do with them. It also makes it harder to avoid Monsanto completely.

I think it would be great if you put together such a list and posted it. I would definitely blog about it and send people your way.

Raine Saunders said...

This is truly horrifying! Thank you for posting this, Alex. Although I don't read Forbes Magazine, it makes me realize just how many companies and affliates that I might support may be supporting movements, products, or services I'm completely against. I am really careful to avoid GMOs wherever I go, but sometimes it's more subtle than that. It's sort of akin to Time Magazine naming Ben Bernake Man of the Year (2009).

Unknown said...

I think every institution has their own guidelines in giving awards... Some people may not agree with Forbes Magazine in declaring Monsanto "Company of the Year" (which i also dont agree to) but in their own standards Monsanto deserves to win the award which i dont understand why... Maybe Forbes Magazine will shed light to this issue and show to us why they choose Monsanto to be their company of the year.

Alex Lewin said...

They need a special category for "Evil Company of the Year".