Americans Look Favorably at Farmers; Nebraska Farmers Filed Lawsuit Against Monsanto
National Crop Insurance Services reports Nearly 90 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of farmers, and 92 percent said it was important to provide them with federal funding, according to a poll released May 11. Positive marks cut across party lines, showing that a strong farm policy is a bipartisan issue. Eight in 10 voters believe a vibrant agricultural industry was critical to the country's national security. More than 70 percent of voters also said they believed that farmers should help fund part of their own safety net. This cost-sharing structure is at the heart of America's crop insurance policy, with farmers paying a portion of their insurance premiums and shouldering, on average, 25 percent of crop losses through deductibles
Three Nebraska farmers and an agronomist, all diagnosed with cancer, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging the seed and chemical giant of purposely misleading the public about the dangers of the world's most widely used herbicide. Monsanto markets glyphosate, the active ingredient in its Roundup, as being able to kill nearly every weed out there yet being completely safe for people. The New York Times in 2010 reported that 90 percent of soybeans and 70 percent of corn grown in the United States are from Roundup Ready seeds.