"Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee"

Cornfields -- which occupy a big fraction of U.S. farmland -- differ from normal ecosystems in that they are nearly sterile ecologically. Breeding and spraying aim to prevent anything from living but corn.

"We'll start in a cornfield — we'll call it an Iowa cornfield in late summer — on a beautiful day. The corn is high. The air is shimmering. There's just one thing missing — and it's a big thing...

...a very big thing, but I won't tell you what, not yet.

Instead, let's take a detour. We'll be back to the cornfield in a minute, but just to make things interesting, I'm going to leap halfway around the world to a public park near Cape Town, South Africa, where you will notice a cube, a metal cube, lying there in the grass."

Robert Krulwich reports for NPR November 30, 2012.


"DuPont Committed Fraud and Lied in Monsanto Seed Patent Case, Judge Rules" (Bloomberg)

"DOJ Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation" (Mother Jones)

Source: NPR, 12/03/2012