I think GMO food is a needed thing to keep feeding the world. HOWEVER, that being said, I also believe that you (John Q. Public) have the right to know what is going into their food. Cut and dried. Monsanto and other groups are violently against that.
Some of their actions make me nervous about the way they are handling things.
-The company bought a company called Delta & Pine Land company for a technology called Terminator which limits the reproductive ability of a seed stock. That is.. you can produce a seed stock that NEVER creates fertile seeds and ensures that the farmer has to rebuy stock EVERY year. Though they have promised to implement the technology, they have admitted publicly they are still researching the technology. I doubt they are doing it out of curiosity. The fact that Monsanto seed stock has cross contaminated other seeds, one of their major suing points in some cases is that the farmer 'stole' their property because of cross pollination, makes for a scary implication to other farmers.
-The antics of Monsanto over the whole rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) issue shows that rather than address consumer and health questions they will throw tons of cash to cover their ass and make their product harder to watchdog. Transperency is a joke. Granted some production secrets should be covered, but actual health threats and concerns should be covered not covered up.
-Looking over the fact that some of the industry groups out there have actually OUTLAWED the right to speak out against them. That is WRONG. You should be able to speak out against what you think is wrong. As long as you're being truthful, you shouldn't be sued for it. Add in that they (various food industry groups) have had a lot of influence in penning laws against filming their production sites you have to wonder what they are hiding or afraid of being found.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a company making a profit. I do think a little ETHICAL consideration should be done. Upton Sinclair in 1906 wrote The Jungle, a book that so thoroughly covered the problems of the meat packers industry that he almost singlehandedly inspired the create of the FDA and Pure Food and Drug Act. Today, the man would have been sued into bankruptcy for telling the TRUTH.
Incidently given that we are looking for more cost effective ways to ship material, work a site and such the growing consolidation of things like meat packing plants to the point that a dozen facilities are responsible for the handling as much as 75 to 80% of all the meat in the US.
Thinking on a tactical point, that is a dangerous centrality for someone wanting to do something radical. Yes, I am thinking terrorism acts. I grew up in the US, but I lived in Europe (Specificaly the Republic of Ireland) and saw nightly the effects of terrorism in the news. BBC and RTE aren't as squeamish as American television.
From a business point of view, I would think you can diversify your support and transport system widely. I know in at least one case in North Carolina (a pork slaughtering house) they have to bus workers in from 2 hours or more away. Because the site is so big. You cannot tell me that it is more cost effective to do that than to decentralize and spread the facilities around.
We (American Business) have gotten amazing myopic in the last three decades and that needs to change. A lot of the issues dealing with the Food Industry in general and with GMO issues in specific could have been handled better. It would have only taken a bit more time, patience and willingness to compromise to have made this an non-issue.