Monsanto 1 Truong Nguyen Topic Paper 2 Monsanto November 12, 2017
Monsanto 2 Nowadays, the profit is one of the most important factor for all of the agricultural producers when they produce the huge food for the consumption of large population on earth. In order obtaining the power of controlling most of the product, most of the agricultural companies are following the monopoly to control all of the product on the market. The documentary movies, the future of food, which is written and directed by Deborah Koons Garcia mentions about the truth behind the unlabeled, patented and genetically engineered food that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelve for the past decades. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice of farmer whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. In the beginning of this movies, Garcia mentions about the new technologies which are promised to produce products in the higher yield, increased large amount of food production with the cheaper prices and greater availability (Garcia, 2004). The Roundup-ready is created through genetic manipulation seeds that could withstand the herbicide and the Monsanto company is able to patent them on genetic modified organism. According to Monsanto sites, Roundup Ready Soybeans introduced in 1996 with the first of bio-engineer crop was approved by the United States (Robin, 2008). The Patents and Intellectual Property issues which are mentioned in this documentary films are depending on the Ethic of Egoism of Monsanto Company. The company just focus on the patented seeds and they want all farmer just buy seeds from their company. They just think about the profit, their own self interest only. The interview in the “The Future of Food” of Andrew Kimball, the Executive Director Center for Food Safety, talks about the patenting seed in agriculture from the food producer to the farmer. According to the Kimball, over the 200 years the Patent Office and Congress did not allow for the patenting of life and the right of patent is guaranteed by article 1 in the constitution (Garcia, 2004). In addition, Andrew
Monsanto 3 Kimball also talks about the Dr. Chakrabarti, who took the first living organism to the patent office and it was banned by the US Patent Office because it can break the natural rule for the next generation. 1A . I believe Andrew Kimball is the person follows the Ethic of Utilitarianism because he also thinks the patented seeds are not fair for all sides of this issues and he wants the outcome is the most good for the large of people. “The benefits of GM technologies to create Pesticide -Resistant Crops are savings in time and costs associated with conventional tillage to reduce weeds, or multiple applications of different types of herbicides to selectively eliminate specific species of weeds.” (Phillip, 2017). The ethics of Monsanto buying up all the seed companies because Monsanto want to patenting seed in the agricultural market and become a monopoly company which provide the GMO seeds. As a result, Monsanto own 11,000 patents
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