Monsanto Case Study

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Introduction Monsanto is a Fortune 500 company committed to sustainable agriculture and working alongside farmers to produce the food the countries need. Monsanto has been involved in not so ethical practices. Monsanto sued Percy Schmeiser for using a Monsanto product, and claimed that it was patent infringement. The court swayed towards Monsanto but didn’t require Schmeiser to pay $400,000. This case study will address the reasons Monsanto’s approach to increase crop production; roles of government in approving genetically engineered crops, and anti-biotech campaigns. What is a Genetically Modified Food (GMO)? GMO is known as the process of genetic modification involves inserting a gene from a virus or bacteria into an organism where it wouldn’t be found normally. Altering the genetic code in animals and plants will make them more productive or resistant to pests or farming…show more content…
Schmeiser was a farmer and a farm equipment dealer from Bruno Sask, Canada. Monsanto regarding their granola seeds was harassing Schmeiser (Devil in Disguise; the Unethical Practices of Monsanto, 2012). Schmeiser would harvest his crops and then use the seed from the previous year, to help him prepare for the next year season. Monsanto filed a statement again him claiming that he illegally bought Roundup Ready seed from local growers in order to plant his crops, and then saved some the year after (Devil in Disguise; the Unethical Practices of Monsanto, 2012). Monsanto demanded Schmeiser pay $15/acre technology fee in reimbursements for the stolen seeds. Schmeiser counted-sued again Monsanto for ten million dollars claiming that Monsanto employee trespassed and contaminated his fields with Roundup Ready (Devil in Disguise; the Unethical Practices of Monsanto, 2012). The end result was that Schmeiser didn’t have to pay Monsanto because he didn’t get any profit from the presence of Roundup Ready canola in his
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