The Future Of Food Directed By Deborah Garcia

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In the business of agricultural production, it seems that no company receives more hate and backlash than Monsanto. Anyone who dives into the inner and outer working of this massive corporation becomes aware of why this company is so controversial.
For those perhaps unaware, Monsanto was founded in 1901 and ever since has been taking the agricultural world by storm. Monsanto was one of the very first corporations to successfully incorporate biotechnology into their business model. It is believed that the root of their controversy is surrounded by the company’s changes in direction, which shifted from pharmaceutical chemicals to applying biotechnology to crops. Since the corporation became involved with agriculture, we have seen a shift
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It is believed that this when the slippery slope in agricultural biotechnology was born. Monsanto owns over 11,000 patents, which has lead them to dominate not only the agricultural patenting sector, but they also monopolize the biotechnology, genetically modified, and engineering technology when it comes to crop production. Not to mention, Monsanto owns the most widespread pesticide in modern agriculture, Round Up and genetically modify seeds to be Round Up resistant, or Round Up Ready. Now the same company that owns the pesticides now owns the seed industry; thus the web only grows more tangled.
(1b, c, & d) From a business standpoint, Monsanto seems to have their business plan diligently mapped for when they jumped on the bandwagon and began patenting their pesticides and seeds. Because of the thousands of patents they own, it gives them the rights to any single farm that grows their seeds; whether the farmer even knows it or not. In many cases, because Monsanto has patents on living organisms, they mutate, breed, or simply end up in a farmers crops without their knowledge. A genetically modified crop looks no different that one that has not been genetically altered. In the documentary, a few farmers under the control of Monsanto’s thumbs were accused of growing Monsanto’s Round Up Ready crops when they never explicitly went out of their way to plant it. One farmer that stood out was Percy Schmeiser. Percy and his
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