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Cho, 1David ChoTopic Paper 2MonsantoApril-12-2019
Cho, 2When it comes to large scale agricultural food production, it seems that monetary gain isthe biggest drive. Agricultural companies are following the route of monopolizing of mostproducts in the market in order to obtain controlling the product. In “The Future of Food,” thedirector, Deborah Garcia remarks that for the past decade, unlabeled and patented geneticallyengineered food have made their way to grocery stores in USA. In the film farmers fromSaskatchewan, Canada to Oaxaca, Mexico speaks of how they have been negatively impacteddue to this genetically engineered patented food.1A.New technologies that can yield higher volume of food at cheaper cost and abundanceis mentioned by Garcia (Cinema, 2004). Monsanto goes about placing patents on their labcreated organisms, and one of the examples is the Roundup-ready which are seeds that resistherbicides. Roundup Ready Soybeans is the first bio-engineered crop that was approved by theUSDA in 1996 (Robin, 2008). In this film, it addresses that patents issue depends on Ethics ofEgoism by Monsanto. The ego of Monsanto company is to have their patent seeds to bepurchased by farmers, which fulfils their own self-interest, of monetary gain. Andrew Kimballwho is the Executive Director of Food Safety brings light on the topic of patented seeds inagriculture. For over two-hundred years, patents of life forms were not allowed and ironicallyarticle one of the American Constitution of rights is granted (Cinema, 2004). One of the classicalexample is, Dr. Chakrabartii who attempted to patent a live creature but rejected. 1B. Ethics ofUtilitarianism is portrayed by Andrew Kimball for he believes patented seeds are unfair for alland outcome to be benefit most people. The ability of GM technologies to produce geneticallymodified crops allowed significant saving in cost and time to reduce weeds that can harm thecrops (Philip, 2017). While on the other hand Monsanto purchasing seed companies andmonopolizing patent seeds shows the Ethic of Egoism. Monsanto controls over ten-thousands of
Cho, 3patent species and they even jeopardize small farmers for patent even though their crops can becontaminated 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. Thisis 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 actionagainst farmers who used Roundup ready GMO seed and goes against patent. 1D. Monsanto’saction of suing farmers for infringement of patent seeds shows Ethic of Egoism. Monsanto’s onlysole purpose is to the benefit of the company of monetary gain. In the documentary, “The Futureof Food,” a farmer by the name of Percy Schmeiser retaliates against Monsanto due toaccusations of infringement of patent rights (Cinema, 2014). Percy Schmeiser was just a regular