Agriculture Has Been A Vital Component Of Every Society Essay

1018 Words Apr 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout Earth’s history, agriculture has been a vital component of every society, providing citizens with the food and nourishment necessary to survive. During this time, agriculture has undergone substantial developments to improve the efficiency, crop yield, and commercialization to sustain the increasing population. Inventions such as the McCormick reaper, liberating workers from the grueling task of harvesting grain, and the cotton gin, replacing hundreds of man-hours by increasing cotton productivity, have all helped America become what it is today.
However, in recent years, a new invention has been developed, genetically modified seeds. These seeds, developed by the company Monsanto, are altered to resist the herbicide Roundup to allow farmers the ability to spray the weed killer without damaging their crops. Qaim, an author for Resources for the Future, explains “So-called first-generation GM crops have improved traits. Herbicide-resistant soybeans and corn (maize), for example, can be “weeded” with herbicides that are more effective, less toxic, and cheaper than the alternatives.” As a result, these seeds have the potential to eliminate the time consuming task of tilling for weeds, thereby increasing productively and reducing soil erosion. Nevertheless, Monsanto owns the patent of the seeds, and therefore, requires farmers to sign agreements at the time of purchase assuring they will not re-use the seeds. This forces them to buy new seeds every year, resulting…

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