Monsanto: A Legacy or Tragedy?
Like most companies starting out, Monsanto had an idea to change the world. An idea to help farmers and consumers alike. The idea was revolutionary, to create and plant genetically modified seeds, grains, and other materials used to produce food. Monsanto had promised that they would cure world hunger using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). An idea that was very promising, until the company gained power and money. Today Monsanto is one of the leading producers of GMO’s and bio-technology. Monsanto has become known as “most evil corporations on our planet.” (Adams) What happened to the innovative idea of changing the world? Monsanto’s new idea is to consume, steal, and lie to the public of the true tragedy that has forcefully taken over our homes.
Genetically Modified Organism’s, it was a ground-breaking idea, but also the downfall of Monsanto. GMO’s were presented in the early 1990’s, the idea was to help everyday farmers that struggle with famines, harsh weather conditions, and production. The process was to genetically alter the bio-chemical makeup of grains by adding different chemicals, bacteria, and organisms to encourage growth. After many experiments and tests, Monsanto still had one problem. There was still the problem of insects, Monsanto had used many pesticides to attempt to stop the consumption of vegetation. The mistake was that the crops were then decaying due to the pesticides that was sprayed. To help build resistance to the pesticide, Monsanto had infected the grains with viruses and more bacteria. Corn was even infected with the Hepatitis virus, and Human genes. GMO’s today are being engineered with genes from different animals, humans, viruses, and bacteria.
The use of genetically modified seeds and grain are worldwide. According to Dr. Charles W. Schmidt, ´´Today, 8.25 million farmers grow genetically modified crops on about 200 million acres of farmland commercially´´. Sadly those numbers are only representes just for the farmers that actually buy and produce Monsanto grown products. Numerous reports and lawsuits have been filed against our local organic...