Monsanto Business Ethics Paper

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This paper about Monsanto Corporations Business Ethics

Thesis Statement
I will outline some of the ethical issues Monsanto Corporation has faced, I will focus on the predatory litigation of farmers that have been contaminated by Monsanto’s Genetically Modified seed and then sued for using that seed to plant subsequent crops. I will provide examples and citations of what I feel are unethical practices and cases involving Monsanto.
Introduction
“The Justice Department is investigating whether Monsanto Co. violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered crops.”
At issue is how the world's largest seed company sells and licenses its patented genes. Monsanto has licensing agreements
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Among those obligations, farmers agree not to save seed and plant it again the following year. If a farmer wants to grow Roundup Ready soybeans again in a successive season, that farmer would agree to approach a licensed seed company and purchase that seed.’” (Monsanto.com, 2013)
Monsanto is engaging in dishonest and unfair business practices.
Monsanto as an organization needs to recognize the issues it is creating in the world’s crops. As well as society needs to be educated about the dangers and ethics of genetically modified organisms, and how a company like Monsanto can patent a corn or soybean seed’s genetic code. “The agreement not to plant reproduced seed might seem a bit harsh; as a recent Vanity Fair article stated, ‘For centuries—millennia—farmers have saved seeds from season to season.’
“But the farmers who were saving seed in the past were saving seeds that naturally occurred, not the type of enhanced-trait seeds Monsanto is marketing to modern growers. Seeds that are resistant to glyphosate (Roundup) and contain other desirable traits such as pest resistance or drought tolerance don’t normally occur in nature.” That is in my view the major problem that naturally occurring organisms are no longer the norm in our food and feed supply. ‘Roundup Ready soybeans did not exist except by science,’ Baucum said. , It was man-created. We took something that would not have occurred without our efforts and

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