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The Manipulation of the Farming Industry

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Over the past couple of years multi-billion dollar companies have been putting small farms out of business. Farming has been a way of life since the beginning of time, and not much has changed until recently. GMOs or genetically modified organisms are the cause of this change. Monsanto is the main contributor of GMOs to farms around the United States.
John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto in 1997 in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Monsanto was one of the first to genetically modify plant cells and to perform field trials of genetically modified crops. Genetically modified organisms, are organisms that have been altered to withstand dieses and are made to make the biggest and most successful product. There are many different types of genetically modified organisms such as bacteria, insects, animals and plants. Monsanto is famous for their GMO plants, which they sell to farms in the form of seeds of which then they grow. These plants are sometimes used in foods, which would be called genetically modified foods.
Monsanto sells the genetically modified seeds to farms around the United States and they plant these seeds, but instead of using these seeds again the next season they have to throw them away. Monsanto had patented their seeds so that companies have to rebuy the seeds every year. The expensive seeds yield a product that gains a hefty profit but only big farms can keep up with this big stakes, big rewards game. This is in turn putting small local farms out of business, because grocery stores and companies want to buy the plant that is the biggest and has the most product to it.
Not only do Monsanto’s plants put small farms out of business, there have also been many lawsuits against them for contaminating organic farms. Runoff ...

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...eed to create something that's a little more health-friendly and not just something to take over the world."
I believe food should have to be labeled clearly so people know if it is a genetically modified organism. Farming should stay as natural and as organic as possible. Monsanto’s plants are unnatural and could harm the environment and humans. The United States thirst for fast income and wealth is costing us product safety. Over the past couple year GMOs have been tested in the environment to see if they thrive and produce but there has been little testing on the human effect.
I think Monsanto has thought of the profit and income side of the business and has pushed the environmental, societal, and health risks to the side. People need to be educated on where our food comes from and the risks. Farming will always be a way of life but it may never be the same.
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