corn to protect their agricultural heritage. 4A. The act that Mexico banned the planting genetically engineered corn to protect their agricultural heritage is based on the Ethic of Care. According to the Dr. Ignacio Chapela about the genetic pollution, “by producing more and more transgenic manipulation, we are seeing many of DNA interacting with each other in ways that are totally unpredictable” (Garcia, 2004). Doing on the genetic issue on the plants is the largest biological experiment humanity has ever entered into and it can cause many negative effects to the agricultural diversity. According to the Organic Consumer Association, “Plant ecologists and population geneticists have looked to problems associated with traditionally improved crops to anticipate possible risks of transgenic crops.” (Organic Consumer Association, 2008). Moreover, according to Dr. Jorge Soberon, Mexico is the country which has hundreds of varieties of corns with many different adaptable conditions and purposes such as: wet climate, dry climate, resistant to pest, some is good for popcorn, some is good for tortillas, or feeding the cattle (Garcia, 2014). 4B. With all the researches from Dr. Ignacio Chapela and Dr. Jorge Soberon, we
Monsanto 7 can understand that their inner mind is based on the Ethic of Care. They care for the bad thing which is can cause by GMOs product and the diversity in ecosystem. Furthermore, the GE crop is not economically beneficial to farmer because it can cause the blight in the variety of plant species. The subsidies are pushed by the biotech industry. 5. For instance, Mexico has to import corn from the United States than grow by themselves because the American corn is subsidies by the taxpayers whereas Mexican corn is not subsidized (Garcia, 2004). The Mexico import corn from the United States is depending on the Ethic of Care . Buying corn from the U.S is much cheaper than they grow by themselves, they care for their money. The side which is really benefits economically from GE food is not from consumer but the industry. According to the book Mendel to Monsanto-The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest was written by Peter Pringle, “In the United States the green launched an ad campaign in major newspapers about the gravest moral, social and ecological crisis in the history. The ads asked who plays God in 21 st century and declared GM food was unlabeled, untested and we are eating it.” (Pringle, 2005, p. 135). With the GE food technology, many company can make any plant depends on the purpose of using such as flavor, colors, so they can sell product to the market with the attraction to the consumers. On the other hand, consumer has to suffer the negative impacts from the GE food such as allergic reaction or toxin from the product. 5A. It is unfair that while farmers rely on subsidies to break even, the Monsanto and other companies are so profitable on the GE foods. This is depending on the Ethic of Egoism , Monsanto again focus on the profit while the farmers have to rely on the subsidies. The farmers have to find varieties of species for their growing and they have to depend on the imported plants with the subsidies from the government. 5B. The Monsanto and other biotech companies insist they are good for countries that need food such as India. However, the GM crops situation there is having the
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