In 2008 “Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear” was published in Vanity Fair. Penned by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, this exposition presents acts by Monsanto that may be considered questionable. Acts such as possessing a “shadowy army of private investigators” and the production of “two of the most toxic substances ever known”. The company was established in 1901 as Monsanto Chemical Works.
Many people may not notice this but Monsanto has a big impact on, not only the United States, but the world’s food industry. Monsanto was originally apart of the industrial chemical business when it first started in 1901. But as the food industry continued to grow, Monsanto became apart of the food industry. Monsanto became apart of the food industry in 2002, but didn’t start only selling seeds until 2008. So there is still a 6 year period where they were selling chemicals and food products.
Personally, I believe the “seed police” is simply a distraction to the immorality instances committed by Monsanto. I visualize the “seed police,” like this: a police car pulling 2 cars over at once because they both were traveling above the speed limit. By Monsanto being accused of immoral acts, harming the environment, and causing unknown harm to the human body they carry a load of practicing negative ethics. The fact they would hold farmers accountable for mirroring their practices is like the pot calling the teakettle black. It seems to be more about a dollar then actually spreading advantages of genetically modifying seeds.
In the novel The Omnivore's Dilemma, author Micheal Pollan talks extensively about corn. He discusses the ecological, economical, and biological effects it has on humans and our environments. Most often, he brings up the shocking statistic that twenty-five percent of all supermarket items contain corn. Pollan steers away from taking a stance on this, but the strong voice in his writing shows the reader how he feels about corn's prevalence. He, rather obviously, thinks of it as a problem.
In Blake Hurst’s “The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-Intellectuals,” he opposes the accusations made by tofu-eating, recycled-toilet-paper-using, self-starving Michael Pollan and his followers. Throughout “The Omnivore’s Delusion…,” Hurst mentions how methods of farming have evolved to match demands of produce. The author states that “Only ‘Industrial farming’ can possibly meet the demands of an increasing population and increased demand for food as a result of growing incomes” (Hurst 4). This quote essentially means that “Industrial Farming” is the most efficient way to farm for today’s population level. A second point that is made by Hurst is that changes made by today’s farming are necessary.
Since the dawn of the scientific revolution, historical advances has been made for the pursuit of a finer and a stronger understanding of life. But, not all advancements has benefited our society. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed concerns regarding these developments in his “Farewell Address” speech. As his final speech as president, he leaves his audience with a message that may have shocked some listeners. Not to mention he also gave his thoughts on how we should go about solving our issues as a nation.
In the article entitled Monsanto's Harvest of Fear, Donald L. Barley and James B. Steele demonstrate that Monsanto already dominates the United States food chain with their genetically modified seeds. They are currently targeting milk production which is just as scary as the corporation's legal battles against the small farmers. This situation leads to a history of toxic infections or diseases. There were many disagreements between Gary Rinehart and a stranger about the innovative seeds. They were under surveillance and an investigator came in the picture.
It is a sad reality that the corporate giant Monsanto is a wolf in sheep 's clothing, causing not only harmful consequences to the environment but to the overall well being of mankind. This is primarily due to the production of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and the popular herbicide Roundup. Genetically modified organisms are the product of the process of transferring the DNA of one organism to that of an unrelated species. This process of horizontal gene transfer is sometimes mistaken with cross-breeding, which is a completely safe and natural process (Mercola). Moreover, in GM seeds pesticides are often injected into the DNA of the seed so that the pesticides do not have to be sprayed.
Eating Towards Global Warming Global warming has been a topic of debate for many years now. A more recent argument is that food production is a key contributing factor to the global warming epidemic. In the article “A Carnivore’s Dilemma”, Nicolette Niman provides an insight to the logistics being said in these statements.
Teresa Platt is an executive director for the Fur Commission U.S.A. division which works on behalf of mink farmers and furriers. The Fur Commission U.S.A represents over 600 mink and fox farming families in nearly 31 states. Throughout the article “Radical Animal Rights Groups Harm Society,” Platt describes to the reader how several animal rights and environmental groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, or the ALF, and the Earth Liberation Front, or the ELF, discriminate against honest farmers. She also claims that radical environmentalists vandalize mink and dairy farmers with the assumption that people can live without misusing animals. Lastly, she maintains that people have always depended on animal products such as food and clothing for survival.