Neil Young: Chemical Factory Farming Threatens the “Garden of the World”

Neil Young 2008 Firenze 02By Heather Callaghan

While people have been torn over beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s recent comments on genetically modified organisms, another beloved Neil took a stand – largely unnoticed.

While Tyson claims he never took a side, he still holds that genetic engineering is no different than what we’ve been doing for tens of thousands of years. One gets the impression from his view that corporatism and science become one for survival – despite negative consequences – and anyone who objects can go back to…being backward? Neil Young took an entirely different point-of-view, putting himself in the boots of that oft-forgotten group that gets left holding the bag in this mix: the farmer! Did his speech inspire them? Not at first…

Did he really suggest that Monsanto, the chemical conglomerates, industrialists and the big bankers are responsible for…? His argument below is unique, to say the least.

When Young took the stage at a September 2013 Farm Aid concert, he made what appeared to be an impromptu speech saying that farmers are on the front-lines of  climate change. He drew both cheers and jeers when he shared the view that the industrialized farming brought in a dependency on chemicals that led to the disappearance of top soil.

Despite the reaction, he kept on with the role of the banks in bringing down the family farm and compelling the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Following misdirected statements supporting the establishment (corporate) theory of what climate change means, Neil Young gets to the heart of the matter: the poisons that have accumulated and now threaten the earth and the populations of the earth.

He is also on target by offering the real way to take action: support your family farm and reject all of what Big Agri and big bankers have to offer. Whereas Neil deGrasse Tyson’s take downplays the cascading ecological effects that genetic transmission poses, Young boldly highlights those concerns showing how this lopsided power leaves farmers and consumers in a bind.

You can fast forward to the 4:00 mark unless you’d like to hear “Old Man.”

We’d love to hear your comments below on what he said.

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.

  • howie

    When they block the sun family farming is is your D3.The big Monsanto and big Cancer wins.

  • tony greenberg

    Who cares what Neil Young says? He's a Laurel Canyon CIA stooge.
    David McGowan – CIA & The "Magick" of Laurel Canyon – The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream
    He's a non person.

  • daveycrockett

    Wasn't it George Carlin who said never, ever believe a single word from the government. If Young is a stooge, then he is not to be believed either – either way his music sucks.

  • Ranger

    He is a stooge, along with the many other stooges who came out of the Laurel Canyon CiA Group.

  • Rauh

    The message is loud and clear.

  • Johnny Canuck

    He's also the biggest landowner in California. He bought huge areas of Redwood forests in order to protect them. He is a staunch ally of Willie Nelson and his Farm-Aid project. He is Canadian and has Native blood. He is fighting against the Oilsands destruction in Alberta and has always walked the walk, talked the talk.

    He wasn't from the USA. He was from Canada. He traveled with a few guys from the band he was in, The Mynah Birds, from Toronto to LA in an old hearse. On the way they saw a water truck or something like that and decided they would name their band from that, which was "Buffalo Springfield".

    I'm sorry you think his music sucks. He wrote "The Needle and the Damage Done" which is heart-wrenching because it is about people around him. It was probably written for that great country-rock singer/songwriter, Gram Parsons whose heroin addiction caused him to die.

    He wrote one of the most beautiful songs about Children called "I Am a Child". It's from a Child's viewpoint and if you have any Children, or were a Child (just joking) it will get you a little teary-eyed. That song was on Buffalo Springfields' third and last album "Last Time Around".

    He has been outspoken politically and it shows up in his music. He once did an album and the record company released it too soon. I think they played with the mix. Anyways, when Neil heard it he stopped reproductions, bought all the copies with his own money and destroyed every last one.

    I know his voice is so unique, maybe not to your taste, but Neil is a quality songwriter, very gifted and natural, but never a sell-out to the record company executives.

    He is what he is, take it or leave, Neil does have that "heart of gold".

    Now if you excuse me, gotta go listen to "Harvest Moon". I luv the electric broom heh-heh!

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