Monsanto Case Study

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Agriculture has existed for thousands of years and has been able to support the lives of many individuals through providing consumer goods. These consumer goods are constantly being bought and sold between various countries in order to sustain life on earth. Although past agricultural methods were seen as natural occurrences from the working farmers who are out in the field, growing food sustainably, the drive for economic gain that society possessed allowed for many corporations such as Monsanto, to develop.Although past agricultural methods were seen as natural from farmers working out in the field and growing food sustainably, the drive for economic gain that society possessed allowed for many corporations such as Monsanto to develop. The …show more content…
Monsanto has claimed that their businesscompanies’ products would allow for farmers decrease the use of insecticides that are seen to harm the quality of the soil as well as soil ecosystems. Being able to have a healthy soil ecosystem is important to the environment because it helps maintain the protection and growth of crops (Monsanto Company, 2015.). Although the genetic engineering of crops has “reduced the amount of insecticides that farmers spray, it’s just as clear that it has encouraged a much larger increase in the use of the herbicide glyphosate.” (Johnson, 2013, p. 1). Theis herbicide is the main ingredient in the Monsanto Roundup brand herbicide that many farmers use. The introduction to herbicide coincides isIt was introduced with the creation of genetically modified Roundup Ready crops such as Roundup Ready soybeans that allowed for a “ broad spectrum weed control with one product that can be applied toover the soybean crop at any stage of growth without causing crop injury.” (Carpenter & Gianessi, 1999, p. 1). Monsanto’s GM crops also contain a trait called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that also serves in the protection against the use of pesticides pesticides that are used (Monsanto Company, 2015). These creations allowed for many farmers to be able to kill the weeds growing near their crops without causing harm to their desired crops. Although many believe that positive aspects surround the creation of herbicide-resistant crops such as a reduction in tillage practices, studies suggest that the new genes in these crops have potential impacts on soil quality and soil ecosystems.Although many believe that there are positive aspects surrounding the creation of

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