Is Monsanto Truly Evil Essay

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1693 words
1693 words

Is Monsanto Truly Evil? Over the past decade or so, society has made a turn for the better by putting more importance on their health and well-being. People now have begun to truly care about what they put into their bodies. Nutritional labels are being read, ingredients are being deciphered, everyone is becoming more knowledgeable and educated. Food companies everywhere are now advertising symbols that display the common health topics people everywhere want: “Fresh, Never Frozen” “100% organic” or “certified Non GMO”. Over the last decade genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have become highly controversial. Whether they pose a harm to human welfare or not has not been proven, yet a lot of people deem them as being detrimental. The widespread …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that society has made a turn for the better by putting more importance on their health and well-being. gmos and ges have become highly controversial due to monsanto's shaky past and inability to handle scandal effectively.
  • Explains that monsanto company was founded in 1901 by john francisco queeny for the purpose of producing saccharin, an artificial sweetener. it is the leading global supplier of herbicides and seeds.
  • Explains that monsanto's most popular chemical in the 1920s was polychlorinated biphenyl, which contained carcinogens and pollutants resistant to acids and heat.
  • Explains that monsanto, a powerful company, has been known for finding creative ways to manipulate the law in its favor.
  • Analyzes how the monsanto protection act gives companies who use gmos and ges (genetically engineered) seeds immunity to federal courts.
  • Describes how monsanto terrorized small farmers for allegedly breaching their seed patent agreements.
  • Explains that the media portrays monsanto as being the mastermind behind the infamous agent orange.
  • Opines that it is up to you as an individual to decide whether monsanto poses a threat and whether they deserve your support.
  • Explains that monsanto's herbicide, glyphosate, was marketed as roundup in the 1980s. this new technology resulted in an immense increase in crop yield and cost reduction in farmers not having to till the land.

Gary Rinehart, store owner in the small town of Eagleville, Missouri claims to have been verbally attacked by a man who simply walked into his, “old-time country store,” claiming to have proof that Rinehart had planted Monsanto’s genetically modified soybeans, “in violation of the company’s patent” (Barlett and Steele). Rinehart describes the shock and puzzled faces of the customers as the threatening man continued. Except, no one was truly surprised, Rinehart goes on to describe that it was known; Monsanto held a firm hand to those the company suspected of planting or selling any of their precious seed. Except, Rinehart was not a farmer, nor a seed dealer; he was a small business owner in a town of, “350 people” (Barlett and Steele). The man was relentless, as Rinehart showed him the door, he kept spewing threats, greatly damaging the credibility and respectability of Rinehart and his business when he was, in fact, accusing the wrong man. This is just one instance, from many who have reported being harassed and threatened. Monsanto agents allegedly pretend to be surveyors pressuring unknowing people into signing papers disclosing their private papers to Monsanto. Because of the sheer amount of allegations regarding Monsanto’s threats, Monsanto themselves have a page on their website deemed, “Saved Seed and Farmer Lawsuits;” on this page Monsanto acknowledges the use of, “licensed private investigators,” may be used in order to, “look into the facts” (Monsanto

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