Monsanto and the Dangers of Biotechnology Genetically modified organisms are found everywhere. Ever since their start in the early 90’s, the amount of GMOs consumed by American’s has increased exponentially. A recent statistic has found that 70% of the food sold in America contains at least one genetically modified additive (Robin). One would assume that this technology has gone through many tests to validate its safety in regards to human health because we have agencies that are supposed to be protecting us from harmful things in our food. Also, if the food wasn’t 100% safe, one would assume that the FDA would not let it be added to an overwhelming majority of the food we eat, right? Sadly, the answer is no. Tight relationships, called revolving doors, between the FDA and the corporations making the food allow them to be sold to the consumer as quickly as possible, without adequate knowledge about their effects on our health. A Genetically modified organism is any organism whose genetic code has been scientifically altered in order to produce certain desired traits, such as immunity to an herbicide like Roundup (Robin). This is great for farmers because it reduces the amount of work they have to do in order to grow their crops. Usually, when a crop grows, the farmer has to go around and hand-pick all of the weeds growing with it. With the genetically modified crops, the farmer can just spray large amounts of Roundup herbicide on them and all other plants besides the crop are destroyed. This innovation has caused a skyrocket in the yields of farmers using these seeds, and has created an abundance of GM foods everywhere. The biggest concern with GM foods is that they are simply unsafe for long term consumption by humans. Countless studies done by third party research has shown that the addition of certain proteins in DNA used in GMOs can promote the conditions needed for cancerous cell division to begin (Robin). The perfectly executed corporate takeover of the FDA by Monsanto, has allowed GMOs to be sold to the consumer without adequate knowledge of their effects on our health. The enormous amount of money one can make from selling food to the world has motivated the companies to do whatever they can to stop their regulation. For example, a man named Michael Taylor became the head of the FDA, in order to approve the GM regulation rules that he had just previously written himself as a lawyer for a major GM producer (The Amazing Revolving Door). The main producer of genetically modified seeds is a company by the name of Monsanto, the same company that Michael Taylor had wrote these regulations with. They are also the same company that produces Roundup herbicide, and created Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, when they were strictly a chemical company (Monsanto Website). This huge multinational corporation has been caught lying about the safety of their products on multiple occasions, and their negligence has taken many innocent lives. For example, for four decades, a Monsanto plant in West Anniston, Alabama produced chemicals called PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, used for electrical insulators. Monsanto made a fiscal agreement with the State of Alabama to bury their industrial waste within the city limits of Anniston. They also dumped over 16 pounds of PCB waste into the public water system every day. The state and Monsanto agreed to keep it completely secret from the public. These hazardous chemicals leaked into the ground water and soil, and the residents of Anniston soon felt the effects. Since Anniston was primary a farming town, the people ate the food grown from soil contaminated by PCBs, and now their blood is contaminated by highly toxic levels of this poison (Israel). The Anniston Community Health Survey said, “Anniston residents have up to seven times more PCBs in their bodies than the average for other Americans.” High levels of PCB in the blood have been directly linked to increased diabetes, and…
The Potentials of Biotechnology
As we head into the new millennium, we look forward to advances far beyond what we ever thought possible. Biotechnology and the advances that the research offers are poised to change our world and make it possible for humans to advance in countless ways. From medical research to food production, the future business of biotechnology and all the factors involved offer investors and businesses alike huge amounts…
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“You will not be judged” and “There is no wrong answer” are probably two of the biggest lies I have heard right next “Sorry I do not have anymore gum”. Anytime I have had a teacher announce that we will be reading our paper aloud in class I cringe. They always claim that there will be no judgment so; therefore, we have no need to be nervous or afraid. However, every time I was required to share my paper or give my opinion in a group discussion, I am met with nothing…
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genes - together known as the genome - of members of our species. The HGP gave us
the ability to read nature's complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.
2. Describe some benefits and problems and some social and
ethical issues of using biotechnology including the
Greater production of food especially for developing countries would allow
these countries to produce enough food for their population.
Produce may reach the consumer in better condition with less spoilage…
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Currently, there are numerous studies in process and others already in activation. Over the last 20 years, there has been great improvements in technology, in general, but more specifically in biotechnology. Biotechnology is ‘the use of living cells, bacteria, etc., to make useful products (such as crops that insects are less likely to destroy or new kinds of medicine).’(Merriam-Webster…
Food Responsibility: Who Is Liable For Our Nation’s Health?
Our nation is suffering from a very frightening, debilitating, and prevalent problem: obesity. It affects people of all ages, and some have predicted that by 2020, 50% of Americans will suffer from obesity. Obviously this is an epidemic, and as Americans are wont to do, we have to blame someone. Who, exactly, should shoulder the responsibility of this massive problem?
Americans have adopted horrible eating habits, with a variety of…
whether it is important to be considerate of the amount of food sources we have, use and depend on a daily bases? Should we be more observant to know the amounts of crop failure that increase every year or be more aware to the fact of disease affecting our produce. Things are changing from the yearly round harvests to the extremes of the world’s temperature raising. This is all part of the reason, how and why we need to protect our food supply while we can.
The history of agriculture dates back…
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What is biotechnology?
Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives…
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potential possibilities biotechnology provides, but such developments will cause ethical, social and biological implications.
Biotechnology, at its simplest is technology based on biology – it employs the use of cellular and bimolecular processes to develop products and technologies. The variety of living cells used for their biochemical talents range from simple singled-cells bacteria and yeast to complex multi-cellular organisms, such as plants and humans. Over the years, biotechnology has been a rapidly…