It doesn’t help that Monsanto also has power in politics, one of the Monsanto chiefs for food safety, Michael Taylor was actually appointed by Barrack Obama himself. Barrack Obama also appointed his Supreme Court judge: Elena Kagan, who happens to be the chief defender of Monsanto and GMO’s. Whether Republican or Democratic, Monsanto wields a strong power within politics that helps give them an edge in keeping their company going. (Obama). There are good aspects of Monsanto, like the efficiency of cheap seeds, and crops that can withstand the harsh behaviors of weathers, and the ability the crops have to survive a longer time. But not even the cheapest crops can cover up Monsanto’s long history of evil, from polluting the environment with PCB’s, the chemical Agent Orange, and the weed killer “Round-Up Ready”, to Monopolizing itself to being the owner of 90% of the seed industry and shutting down small
The main ingredient used in Monsanto produce is glyphosate. Companies are injecting the plants’ seeds with glyphosate, which alters the plants’ DNA. Glyphosate is an herbicide, the same chemical used in Roundup. It is toxic to plants. Glyphosates’ purpose is to kill off unwanted weeds. Companies are injecting chemicals, whose main purpose is to kill plants, into the DNA of our foods (Hamblin). The World Health Organization (WHO) cancer agency has declared that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen” (Hamblin). Research conducted by WHO shows that glyphosate increases breast cancer cell growth. Researchers determined that Monsanto’s Roundup is an “exnoestrogen,” which is an unknown estrogen that imitates real estrogen in our bodies. This manipulation of estrogen can cause several problems within our bodies, such as “increased risk of various cancers, premature puberty, thyroid issues, infertility, and more”
Monsanto’s was founded by John F. Queeny in 1901in St. Louis, MO. The first product for the company was artificial sweetener. This open the door for many years of success for the company. The most controversial product that the company produced was called Agent Orange. This product was used doing the Vietnam War. The purpose of the product was to clear some of the foliage in the jungles of Vietnam. The product contained dioxin which was harmful to the U.S. Military Personnel fighting the Vietnam War. Monsanto made a large class action settlement for harm done to the soldiers. That has been the ethical dilemma for Monsanto’s for a long time.
Monsanto is an American agrochemical corporation which manufactures pesticides and GMO crops. One of the most well recognized herbicides is Monsanto’s Roundup, which contains the carcinogen glyphosate. To prevent from killing the crops when farmers apply Roundup to their fields, Monsanto invented GMO versions of many staple crops such as corn, soybeans, and cotton which resist Roundup. Like the weeds, these GMO crops still absorb glyphosate, however the crops are able to stay alive through changes in their genetic makeup which make them herbicide resistant. The herbicide tolerance of certain crops has been adopted because it, “simplifies weed control to the use of a single herbicide and a flexible and easy management strategy” (Labrada, 2003), as well as decreasing the cost of weed control programs. As a result, Monsanto bought out most small farms and now owns 80% of the U.S. market share of corn and 93% of the U.S. market share of soy, which are then sold to modern food processing. Upwards of 75% of the processed food on American supermarket shelves contain genetically engineered ingredients. Not only are Americans consuming massive amounts of GMOs, which pose a huge health risk themselves, they are also consuming massive amounts of glyphosate, a chemical known to cause cancer and birth defects (Kruger, 2014). If society stopped consuming carcinogens, the cancer epidemic will be
The film discusses Monsanto, a large multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, at length. The film mentions Roundup, a product produced by Monsanto, but doesn’t go into detail about the effect Roundup has on human health. “We started to hear rumblings about genetically engineered soybeans that could resist the application of Roundup, and when Roundup is sprayed over the top of it, it killed every weed out there except for this ‘Roundup ready’ soybean.” says a farmer that was interviewed for the film. The film continues to go in depth regarding how Roundup contaminates other farmer’s seeds and how Monsanto then sues the farmers for “stealing”, but the film never discusses the truly terrifying health problem GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) can produce. Alexis Baden-Mayer, a woman who is a part of the Organic Consumers Association, said in an article for ecowatch.com that Roundup can create dozens of serious health problems. The health problems include ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Anencephaly, Autism, birth defects, brain cancer, breast cancer, celiac disease, chronic kidney disease, Colitis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and many more. Focused too much on the politics of Monsanto, the film failed to explain the true concern involved with Monsanto’s
A final argument against genetically modifying foods is that the large agriculture conglomerates which are responsible for manufacturing them, like aforementioned Monsanto, ruthlessly destroy the environment, as well as smaller farming businesses. Take for example, a company like Monsanto, which owns 80 percent of genetically modified corn market, and 93 percent of the modified soy market. Monsanto is a perfect representation of the types of companies that sell genetically modified organisms. Monsanto is more commonly for a rather infamous previous product of theirs, called dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, otherwise known as the pesticide DDT. DDT was one of the most widely used pesticides in the 1960s, as it was sprayed almost everywhere mainly in an effort to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. After being linked to mass animal reproduction and liver problems, it was banned in 1972 (Center for Disease Control). DDT residue is still being found thirty years later (DDT Residue in California Soil). Other Monsanto products include Agent Orange, a chemical weapon used in the
Then there is Monsanto, a corporation that I have written about extensively because they are simply evil. After a minute or two of researching this corporations history you they can't possibly be trusted. Literally everything they have created throughout their long history is extremely deadly. Making matter worse, they knew it was deadly but conducted studies in a way to make it seem they were
The Monsanto Company is an agricultural business whose main focus is the development and sale of Genetically Modified Organisms. In 1996, the United States Department of Agriculture allowed Monsanto Company to begin field testing their newly developed Genetically Modified soybean
Monsanto is a Saint Louis Chemical manufacturer that is a major player in the weed killing business. Monsanto has quite a portentous past. They developed and produced the notorious defoliant "Agent Orange" used in the Vietnam War, they invented the controversial recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), and they were the inventors and world’s main producer of
Monsanto is known for their genetically modified seeds, with biotechnology, scientists are able to insert new genes into existing genes and then planting it. Unlike any other GM seeds, Monsanto seeds are known to be set up with their Roundup herbicide, which can help get rid of unwanted weeds and bugs from infesting crops’ growth. Some of the company initiatives are to produce seeds that are able to establish higher crop yields or to have their plants repel insects. Although, Monsanto has been very successful in growing crops such as corn, cotton, soybeans, and canola. Many stakeholders such as consumers were unsure about their products, due to factors like having herbicide in their plants, which may cause health concerns. In 2003, Monsanto’s
Through genetically enhancing organisms, GMO companies have created pesticides and herbicides which researches claim to be harmful to the environment.
The safety of the environment is a major priority. Monsanto can best fulfill this moral obligation while protecting society be doing environmental testing of products. The problem seen by many stakeholders is the company is seen as an accuser of trying to take over the world’s food supply and destroying biodiversity(Ferrell & Hartline, 2014).Therefore, these moral obligations can be fulfill by not destroying the good crops. Monsanto could also fulfill its promises by assisting farmers with better quality that keeps seed less attractive to insects. The FDA make sure products are safe for the population. Therefore, these products should have a FDA clearance. So, the company will have to clean up the poor environmental pollution.
Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation based in the USA. They are world’s leading producers of GMO seeds and rBGH. The company operates two business segments seeds and Genomics and Agriculture productivity. Monsanto is a company that has been around since 1901. They have renovated their company several times throughout the last century to fulfill a need in society. They have been suppliers for items such as artificial sweeter, saccharine, which was sold to Coca-Cola, vanilla flavoring, petroleum, fibers, packaging roundup herbicide, Agent Orange, and biotechnology for genetic manipulation of organisms in seeds. This company has seen tough times with ethics, environmentally, socially and business.
In 2005, Monsanto was charged and found guilty of bribing an Indonesian government official. According to the Department of Justice, Monsanto authorized an Indonesian consulting firm to pay an environmental official $50,000 in an attempt to make him overlook the requirement for conducting an environmental impact study before getting approval to grow genetically modified crops. Monsanto was found guilty by the Department of Justice and agreed to pay a $1 million penalty (USSEC - Third Worldnetwork, 2005). Monsanto also has a history of lobbying, spending millions of dollars on federal lobbying. All with the intention to gain political influence and connections allowing them to run their business however they want without having to worry about the government intervening with them.
I would like to start my essay with the definition of Corporate Social Responsibility and how I understand it. CSR that is a set of activities of the company that help to solve problems related to the ecology, society and economy, such activities help to improve people’s life. Frankly speaking, I knew that some companies help people and environment, but I never attach importance to this activities. But after two year of studying CSR I understood how it works and why company use it. I believe that company that provides activities that have great impact o society and environment has a competitive advantage over those companies that did not do it.