AG 4010Topic Paper 2 Monsanto.docx - Cho 1 David Cho Topic Paper 2 Monsanto April-12-2019 Cho 2 When it comes to large scale agricultural food

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Cho, 1 David Cho Topic Paper 2 Monsanto April-12-2019
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Cho, 2 When it comes to large scale agricultural food production, it seems that monetary gain is the biggest drive. Agricultural companies are following the route of monopolizing of most products in the market in order to obtain controlling the product. In “The Future of Food,” the director, Deborah Garcia remarks that for the past decade, unlabeled and patented genetically engineered food have made their way to grocery stores in USA. In the film farmers from Saskatchewan, Canada to Oaxaca, Mexico speaks of how they have been negatively impacted due to this genetically engineered patented food. 1A.New technologies that can yield higher volume of food at cheaper cost and abundance is mentioned by Garcia (Cinema, 2004). Monsanto goes about placing patents on their lab created organisms, and one of the examples is the Roundup-ready which are seeds that resist herbicides. Roundup Ready Soybeans is the first bio-engineered crop that was approved by the USDA in 1996 (Robin, 2008). In this film, it addresses that patents issue depends on Ethics of Egoism by Monsanto. The ego of Monsanto company is to have their patent seeds to be purchased by farmers, which fulfils their own self-interest, of monetary gain. Andrew Kimball who is the Executive Director of Food Safety brings light on the topic of patented seeds in agriculture. For over two-hundred years, patents of life forms were not allowed and ironically article one of the American Constitution of rights is granted (Cinema, 2004). One of the classical example is, Dr. Chakrabartii who attempted to patent a live creature but rejected. 1B. Ethics of Utilitarianism is portrayed by Andrew Kimball for he believes patented seeds are unfair for all and outcome to be benefit most people. The ability of GM technologies to produce genetically modified crops allowed significant saving in cost and time to reduce weeds that can harm the crops (Philip, 2017). While on the other hand Monsanto purchasing seed companies and monopolizing patent seeds shows the Ethic of Egoism. Monsanto controls over ten-thousands of
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Cho, 3 patent species and they even jeopardize small farmers for patent even though their crops can be contaminated in the nature, thus Monsanto can generate monetary gain from these issues. 1C. Ethics of Egoism can be seen by Monsanto in the action of monopolizing seed companies. This is shown by Monsanto purchasing the seed companies and convert them all into GMO seeds, which allows them to control the market flow. There are cases where Monsanto take legal action against farmers who used Roundup ready GMO seed and goes against patent. 1D. Monsanto’s action of suing farmers for infringement of patent seeds shows Ethic of Egoism. Monsanto’s only sole purpose is to the benefit of the company of monetary gain. In the documentary, “The Future of Food,” a farmer by the name of Percy Schmeiser retaliates against Monsanto due to accusations of infringement of patent rights (Cinema, 2014). Percy Schmeiser was just a regular
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