Running Head: LIVING WITH GMO 1 Living with GMO California Polytechnic State University Pomona Spring AG 401.08 D. Farias
LIVING WITH GMO 2 Introduction Food, something that everyone loves, enjoys, and needs. It is the pure simple fact of feeding oneself. It is hard to believe, but in the United States today, consumers are secretly participating in an experiment on a scale that is considered to be the largest ever, on human beings. Without proper knowledge and defiantly unknowingly, people across the nation are eating and consuming genetically modified organisms/foods every day. Unfortunately, there are too many anomalies and to many factors and may be in play in today's society, so the risks and effects of eating GMO foods on people's health, and as well as the environment are sadly largely unknown. Due to these facts and people's concern, as well as worries, more and more researches and studies are being conducted worldwide; what all this translate to is that modern biotechnology companies are using the people of the nation as lab rats to this nation-wide experiment. Ethical Egoism Large biotech companies can deny it all they want to, but the reason behind patenting seeds and plants is money, pure and simple. From the information provided with the Andrew Kimball interview in the film The Future of Food, the question "Why would corporations do this?" (The Future of Food, film) was proposed; Kimball said that it was "Because they can take the one seed they want to replace those seeds and they will own the marketplace." (The Future of Food, film) This is a pretty straight forward translation to be honest, these large biotech companies are trying to create a monopoly on these seeds, which furthermore translates to more money in their pockets.
LIVING WITH GMO 3 In the film The Future of Food, Monsanto played the main villain and is the culprit to the majority of the problems and issues that arise throughout the film. Through the efforts to strong arm these farmers in the film, and to position their products for world dominance, companies like Monsanto have gone into government seed banks and patented GMO as well as non GMO seeds and plants globally. These includes plants that have evolved in nature as well as the plants that have been naturally hybridized. It is believed that if this kind of action are to be allowed to continue, impoverished countries will eventually have to pay these billion dollar biotech companies to use these plants and seeds that originated in their countries, how ridiculous! Pretty much when companies like Monsanto controls the seeds, they will and are controlling the food. Knowing all this, Monsanto spent about eight billion dollars in purchasing of major seed companies over the past few years.
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- Genetically modified organism, biotech companies, D. Farias , Bossard Ag