The planet : mutiny against Monsanto

The chemical giant  Monsanto was established 1901 and  was engaged primarily in  food additives , until it began to develop genetically modified products   at the same time   when  the medical research  his field has commenced.  But  doctors marked their first success in 1982 when  the first recombinant insulin was licensed, the  Monsanto chemists had to run a much longer way until  GM corn was developed.

Presently, Monsanto is number one company in this field. In the fiscal year 2009  Monsanto  sold  genes  and seed for $7.3 billion outstripping the second in raw DuPont ($4billion).

The market success  of Monsanto is not accompanied by general acceptance. Protests against GMP augment.  For instance , in 2002 , the Zambia government  has not accepted  the humanitarian corn freight although the country suffered  heavy hunger.

But there is no other way for human beings .

We have to consider that a hungry planet can’t afford to reject  efficient agricultural technologists. Most European countries  banning GMP cultivation allow the import of them.

Monsanto is criticized  also from the other unsatisfied chorus – the people stipulate that Monsanto seeds are to good and thus monopolize the market..

Farmers  traditionally  complain of high prices but go on  buying seeds.  90% of soy- beans and 80% of corn  and cotton produced  in  US   are grown of Monsanto seeds. Business model of Monsanto  means  increasing productivity.

Monsanto corn and cotton  comprise the  gene of  soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis generating toxin which kills pests. For decades farmers spattered  seeds with the toxin, now it is incorporated into the plant making it possible to get larger crop  with the same amount of fertilizer.

To get on a hectare  more food  for small money Monsanto combines  gene engineering with selection.  “Selection  enables to increase the harvest , the gene engineering protects of pests and draught”, so Hugh Grant,   Monsanto President.

The public remains still suspicious : when the pharmaceutical giant Pharmacia (now Pfizer)  planned to fuse with Monsanto, the  value of its shares dropped :the pharmaceutical business was reluctant  to  enter  the unpredictable  biotechnological market.

Monsanto explains its monopoly position on the market  by pointing on the gene engineering which became  its miracle  stick. “The voting is performed each spring. If farmers come to buy seeds again it means you have made a good work”, so  H. Grant.

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25.02.2010, 7253 просмотра.

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