Robert Reich on Environment
Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor
But the purchase came with a catch that would haunt them in the future: The soy and corn that grow from those seeds don't produce seeds of their own. So every planting season, farmers have to buy new seeds.
Since 2000, Monsanto has more than doubled the price of corn and soybean seeds. The average cost of planting one acre of soybeans increased 325 percent between 1994 and 2011, and the price of corn rose 259 percent.
I’ll also use “smart growth” economic-development strategies to focus growth on older communities with under-utilized infrastructure that can be rehabilitated and retrofitted -- while at the same time discouraging suburban sprawl, strip malls, and destruction of open spaces. And I’m in favor of restoring chemically-contaminated sites through “Brownfield” development that’s socially just.
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