Monsanto at a Glance Essay

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Shea Washington Professor Korris English 208 October 8,2012 Monsanto at a Glance Before watching the documentary Food Inc., in twenty years of my life I have never questioned the origin of my food before shoving it in my mouth. My class was presented with the secrets of the food manufacturing industry through the narration of Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. I have never felt so scared and angry at the same time about something that is stereotyped to “make me happy.” The question now is clear, where is our food truly coming from? “Billions of people depend upon what farmers do” but do not know the exact process it takes to succeed in agriculture. This is where Monsanto comes in. With the help of Monsanto, the American multinational agriculture biotechnology corporation, farmers are able to double the yielding crops for a growing population. Monsanto believes that the next few decades “the population is expected to grow by 40 percent” (“Monsanto”). Monsanto suggest farmers will have to grow as much food as they have in the past 10,000 years combined. This is where biotechnology plays a major role. Monsanto is the “world’s leading agricultural biotechnology company and is often criticized for it’s aggressive, farm-directed litigation efforts to protect proprietary, genetically modified seed technologies through patent litigation lawsuits” (“Monsanto”). I wanted to better understand why so many fingers are pointed towards Monsanto. Monsanto claims to work “side by side” to help the farmers with production farming-management but in turn only limit them to their freedom of speech and growth with the help of government Veggie libel laws. Monsanto holds the largest production of genetically modified seeds in an effort to produce sustainable agriculture. Founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny, their incentive is to double the crop yielding to produce faster,

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