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Porkie’s poo-poo “The Monsanto Years”

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The more vocal Neil Young gets about GMO’s, the more opponents speak out against his new album “The Monsanto Years.”

This time it is the Pork Network. And I am guessing Neil likes some BBQ’d ribs, so this could hit him pretty hard.

Dan Murphy at The Pork Network, goes on a tirade against the new album, stating it is filled with inaccuracies and basically, it sucks as an album. That is his very sarcastic opinion. Yet, he is not alone.

He writes:

“Young and pals recorded a music video “Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop” (sic) to highlight their campaign. Honestly, it looks and feels like a parody song, a la Weird Al Yankovic, with a bouncy pop soundtrack recorded over grainy video clips of the band members sucking down Starbucks lattes, then throwing the coffee at the camera.

Real original.

The trudge of time

Look, Neil Young is an undeniable talent, especially during the 1960s when he was a member of the groundbreaking Crosby Stills Nash & Young band. I don’t want to date myself too much here, but I forked over for tickets to see the group several times in concert during their initial tours, and the 1970 release of their landmark second album was the only time in my life I stood in line at a record store to buy the album the day it came out.

Yikes. That sentence just made a couple liver spots pop out on the back of my hand.

Unfortunately, Neil Young: The Later Years makes Old Elvis look like an ad for the miracle of plastic surgery. Let’s just say that the years have not been kind to the now wildly inappropriately named rocker. I mean, when you open the dictionary to “Aging Rock Star,” you don’t even need a definition — just side-by-side photos of Keith Richards and Neil Young.

I hate to say it, but he’s morphed into a poster boy for the dangers of creepy old men who are either merely senile or actual stalkers.”

Ouch! Many female Neil Young fans would disagree with that assessment.

Read more, if you can keep your blood pressure down at: http://www.porknetwork.com/community/murphy-when-young-gets-old

 

Ph.D. Chemist takes issue with Young’s GMO claims

Neil alohaIn the spirit of being fair and balanced, BNB is posting Fairfield County Food Examiner James Cooper’s blog post,  taking issue with Neil Young’s claims against Monsanto

Cooper is the author of 19 books and most recent book is Food Myths debunked.. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University and is a graduate of Oberlin College.

Cooper writes, at The Examiner.com,  that Neil Young’s new album, “The Monsanto Years,” makes any number of silly claims about biotechnology, using Monsanto as a metaphor for the entire plant breeding industry.

He writes:

“I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO,” is about as inaccurate as you can get. It is not obvious, but I might guess that Young is referring to some sort of genetically modified coffee (none exists) or milk (none exists). In fact, this whole “Monsanto milk” nonsense was stirred up by charlatans like Joe Mercola and the vapid Food Babe. What they are referring to is rBST hormone given to cows to increase their milk production. This is just a synthetic version of the BST (bovine somatotropin) hormone that had been given to cows for years to increase production.

Monsanto contracted with Genentech to make this synthetic hormone and began marketing it as Posilac in 1993. It is important to note that this a given to the cows, not added to the milk. All studies have shown that the milk from rBst-treated cows is exactly the same as that from non-rBst treated cows. It does not have any different amounts of any hormones or any other differences.

The FDA has recognized that there are no differences, and if milk is labeled as “rBST free” there must be a disclaimer that such milk is no different than any other milk.”

He also said ” The rest of Young’s song “Let our farmers grow/what they want ot grow,” makes no more sense than the rest of it. The fiction that farmers are somehow forced to buy or plant certain seeds is a canard created by the giant organic food industry. It is simply untrue. Farmers are free to buy any sort of seeds (and chemicals) they want from any number of different suppliers and there are no contract restricting them in any way, except from replanting patented seeds.”

Read the rest of the blog at: http://www.examiner.com/article/neil-young-s-silly-new-monsanto-album

New album cover “American Gothic” inspired

neil-young-the-monsanto-yearsNeil Young has just revealed the track list and album cover for his next album, The Monsanto Years, due out June 29.

The album is a collaboration with Promise of the Real, a band that includes Willie Nelson‘s sons Lukas and Micah.

According to Brian Ives, writing at Radio.com, here’s the tracklist for The Monsanto Years.

Neil Young The Monsanto Years Tracklist

1. A New Day For Love
2. Wolf Moon
3. People Want To Hear About Love
4. Big Box
5. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
6. Workin’ Man
7. Rules Of Change
8. Monsanto Years
9. If I Don’t Know

The album cover  is a painting of Young with a woman who looks to be his current paramour, Daryl Hannah, posed in a tribute to “American Gothic.”

And it’s unlikely that you’ll hear the album on the sound system at your local Starbucks. That’s because the first single, “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop” is a bit critical of the chain.  You can watch the video at Democracy Now; the song includes lyrics like “Yeah, I want a cup of coffee but I don’t want the GMOs/ I’d like to start my day off, without helping Monsanto” (tip: to see the clip, fast forward to about 26:30 into the video).

Young and Promise of the Real kick off a U.S. tour July 5 at the Milwaukee Summerfest. See the tour dates Rebel Content Tour

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Dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.

by -- Neil Young

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