MONSANTO 2084

  • MONSANTO
     

    This project was made as an exploration for the design studio course around the topic of food.  I started researching the context where our food is patented. This led me to the politics of food where companies such as Monsanto patents seeds, and to asking myself questions such as how and why is a natural resource diminished to a commodity? Greed has always govern the world, and contributed to its destruction, but the ownership of food, from which human beings depend on and the constant harassment that farmers have to face against those giant corporations was absolutely despicable to me. Greed has, in this particular case, led Indian farmers into great debt against Monsanto, and countries with great agricultural value are forced to send their valuable seeds to Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in a mountain in the North Pole. 
    I caught wind that Monsanto has similar vault, all funded by other greedy corporations. So I conceived I conceived seed money. I was inspired by books such as 1984 by George Orwell which depicts extreme conditions where the people are submitted to the rule of awful leaders and basically brain washed, and, The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan who reminds us that there used to be a time when tulip bulbs where more valuable than gold. I was also inspired by the gorgeous European monetary bills, and I used beauty as a symbol disguising the lies and greed that Monsanto feeds us.