Educanneries Poetry

A Biological Experiment of Injustice

The following spoken word piece was inspired by a student who once asked me, “Why do we have to learn this?”  Education is meant to liberate, but school becomes the shackles through which children are constrained.

Monsanto and Novartis

Multinationals in pursuit of genetically engineered seeds

For industrial modified foods

Deformities

Malformed hybrids

A war against nature

Against humanity

DeformedCorn

Congress, USDA, FDA,  Monsanto

An insidious bond

Genetic surgeries cutting

Through the sustenance of a people

Annihilating foods cultivated and harvested for thousands of years.

But my children learn about

Phenotypes, genotypes, homozygous dominant and recessive genes

From a textbook

Prentice Hall: Student Edition

bio class

They learn the definition for the test

Not its implication for the rest

BT corn, BT cotton

Enslaves farmers to Monsanto’s

Trademarked

Seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides

Four times the price of indigenous seeds

Predatory lending practices

Are the only opportunity

But my children learn about

Phenotypes, genotypes, homozygous dominant and recessive genes

From a textbook

Prentice Hall: Student Edition

corn

25,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1997

From ingestion of pesticides

But mostly from failed crops and greedy lenders

Coming to collect their payments

A perfect synchronized alliance between

Monsanto, banks, and dehumanization

Indian cottong

Mexican corn

Source of livelihood for an ancient people

Source of all the world’s varieties

Evolved over 10 millennia

A myriad of characteristics and colors

Now under siege

By NAFTA

Monsanto

Genetic surgeries cutting through

The sustenance of a people

But my children learn about

Phenotypes, genotypes, homozygous dominant and recessive genes

From a textbook

Prentice Hall: Student Edition

corn

Greed, the dominant gene

Power, the dominant gene

A poisonous hybrid of fear

I refuse this illusion

Love is the dominant gene

Justice is the dominant gene

The organic cultivation of the spirit

3.7seedling

Who are we really genetically modifying?

What purpose do the biology standards serve?

Just enough information

To placate the mind

WHY do my children learn about

Phenotypes, genotypes, homozygous dominant and recessive genes

From a textbook?

Prentice Hall: Student Edition

biobook

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