Monsanto Pros And Cons

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When considering the topic surrounding the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), the arguments that are in favor and against its usage Usually, the genetic engineering is done to enhance certain characteristics and diminish others. There has been much heated debate about the safety of genetically modified food. For example, corn, soybeans, and canola. With these genetically modified crops, there has been a much greater yield of product than traditionally grown crops. There are major ramifications in the industry for improved production and reduction of costs. With a constant increase in the world’s population that is being projected of being at 9.5 billion people in 2050 in comparison to the current global population of about …show more content…
Monsanto has been surrounding controversy for over six decades, due to the many questionable actions they had made over the years. By having a perfect monopoly in the agriculture culture setting, by having farmers pay patent infringements, due to the suspension of farmers growing genetically modified crops without their acknowledgement. This monopoly however, is not what makes Monsanto a company that experiences marches against them, it is their history of using pesticides that caused devastating results. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT, have been banned in the United States since the 1970’s due to the effects it had on the bald eagle that was at the brink of extinction in the during the 1960’s. This however, did not deter Monsanto the vending of DDT to other countries, even though it can have serious side effects to those who are not fully protected while using DDT. According to the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), is an organization that is against the use of pesticide to the potential harm it can cause to both the ecosystem and human beings. The potential harm it can cause to a person with minimal exposure can lead to the following effects: Breast Cancer, male infertility, miscarriages and damage to the nervous system. It leads to a possible correlation that was allied by Shiva, as she mentioned that glyphosate another herbicide causes autism. In an article from UsaToday by Liz Szabo, she writes about a study conducted by Jason Richardson, an associate professor from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, to see if there is any a possible correlation between exposure to pesticides and alzheimer's. In this study, there were 165 people divided into two groups: those who had alzheimer's and those who did not