Neil Young is like good wine, improving all the time. The older he gets the better he becomes. Nothing sad, nothing pathetic no sign of decadence. Nomen est omen is certainly true with Young. The Canadian singer’s latest albums are all musically inspired and filled with some vitriol lyrics, which make them even more meaningful and poignant.
Never afraid of expressing his strong opinions, Young confirms in his most recent Lp “the Monsanto Years” that when you have talent even angry criticism can be a form of art.
“You never know what the future holds in the shallow soil of Monsanto, Monsanto. The moon is full and the seeds are sown while the farmer toils for Monsanto, Monsanto. When these seeds rise they’re ready for the pesticide. And Roundup comes and brings the poison tide of Monsanto, Monsanto…”.
Even through his Facebook page Young has taken aim at agricultural giant Monsanto, which has been at the forefront of genetically modified crops and has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont, the first state to pass a law requiring labels on GM products. The corporation political lobbying is so evident and unacceptable for Young: “Monsanto and others simply pay the politicians for voting their way. This is because of “Citizens United”, a legislation that has made it possible for corporations to have the same rights as people, while remaining immune to people’s laws.”
The agrochemical company views are quite different: “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.”
“The seeds of life are not what they once were. Mother Nature and God don’t own them anymore”.
Misinformation? Let’s call it art from plain facts.