Monsanto Film Analysis

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a) Industrial Revolution/pg. 149: the third social revolution, occurring when machines powered by fuels replaced most animals and human power.

The Industrial Revolution was the start in how society views manufacturing and production as a standard in efficiency. As the evolution of production progressed it introduced innovative machines with new technologies, people have changed roles in the production line. We now have highly mechanized assembly lines in which machines take the brunt of the work. In the example of the cattle slaughterhouses, one saw touches thousands of hides. The hide of each animal has survived life in a CAFO (concentrated animal farming operation). The hides having excrement caked on them before they go for slaughter.
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These crops have been modified for higher yields, and also pest resistance. Monsanto’s has patented genetically modified crops to allow consistency in harvest. For the farmers that use the seeds they fall underneath the guidelines that protect the seeds as assets of the company. Rules set by the company restrict the farmers in how they manage everything from plow to harvest. One of the biggest asset protection issues in the documentary revolves around the reuse of seed. Machines that used to provide farmers a way to clean and reuse seed are almost obsolete due to seed patents. Also in the protection of that copyright we have cross-pollination of crops. If a farmer were to plant his own soybean or corn crop, the surround areas might have been affected by GMO pollen. As pollination occurs it is up to the farmer to prove he has not infringed on the patents of Monsanto. The importance of the information it so austere the company has an investigation team. The main job of that team is to protect the products and control the environment in which they are used. This leads to farmers being labeled as compliant or blacklisted from the company. It also brings about the notion of how we have suspended the evolution of a particular commodity crop. By expressing genes necessary for yield we have specified diversity and quality. Having a bigger conglomerate regulating the diversity …show more content…
As we trace the roots of our food we can see how interconnected the systems can be. The manifest factors can be progressive such as storage systems, and new technologies in using the corn surpluses. The other side is that of epidemic cross contamination to maintain the level of production to create supply. In the example of Kevin’s law, the system that regulates and controls food safely has become “toothless”. Manufactures have replaced goals of wholesome food to that of profit and supply/ demand. In this specific case Kevin ate ground beef that was infected with E. coli. The fact that this bacterium has sustained itself links back to the diet of the cow. In mass production we have repurposed corn as a substitute for grass in the cow’s diets. The acidic environment produced from the lack of grass creates an acid resistant strain of E.coli. When ingested in the human population this also means the acid in our stomach cannot defeat the strain. The infection is worsened by digestive systems evacuating the bacteria down the intestines creating a greater surface area for the organism to be absorbed. Hemorrhagic E. coli does not have a direct cure, medical practice can only mange the affects and stabilize the bodies systems. Because of negligence Kevin was a victim of food poisoning. As his mom has become an advocate for food safety it has taken her six years to confront

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