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In a statement to Billboard, Monsanto is letting it be known that its feelings have been hurt by the rock legend.
“Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young,” the company said. “Unfortunately, for some of us, his current album may fail to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable. We recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do—and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics.”
Young sings on the title track: “The farmer knows he’s got to grow what he can sell, Monsanto, Monsanto / So he signs a deal for GMOs that makes life hell with Monsanto, Monsanto / Every year he buys the patented seeds / Poison-ready they’re what the corporation needs, Monsanto.” Take a listen below.
Young’s album also takes aim at other large corporations such as Starbucks, Chevron and Walmart. These companies have also released statements to Billboard.
Starbucks told the publication that it “has not taken a position on the issue of GMO [genetically modified organism] labeling,” adding, “As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution.”
Walmart, in response to Young’s song about the retailer’s notoriously low wages, hit back saying, “As you might have seen recently, Walmart raised its lowest starting wage to $9 an hour. We’re proud of the opportunity we provide people to build a career and have a chance at a better life.”
Chevron, on the other hand, acknowledged Billboard’s media inquiry but flat out said it wasn’t going to participate in an interview.
The Canadian rocker has already issued a response to the statements. In a long message to his fans, the “Rockin’ in the Free World” singer once again spoke out against Trump (who “likes Neil very much“) for playing the song during his presidential candidacy announcement this week, and also how corporate interests have “hijacked” democracy.
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