Monsanto Research Paper

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Monsanto Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. Monsanto was founded by John Francis Queeny in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1901. The company's first products were commodity food additives, such as the artificial sweetener saccharin, caffeine, and vanillin. Then Monsanto expanded to Europe in 1919 by entering a partnership with Graesser's Chemical Works. In the 1920s Monsanto expanded into basic industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid and PCBs. Monsanto began manufacturing DDT in 1944. From 1964 to 1969, was one of the most important producers of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide, for the government of the United States in the Vietnam War. In 1968, it became the first company to start…show more content…
One of its famous and widely used herbicides, dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT), had negative influences on environment and people's health. Although DDT cannot dissolve into water, it can build up in animal's exposed fatty tissue. Because of bioaccumulation, DDT will remain in the food chain from the lowest level to the highest level. When people eat food that are exposed in DDT or shrimps and fishes that contain DDT, it will remain in the body. Even work in areas with DDT can increase cancer. There are many scientific evidences that can prove DDT will increase cancer and other disease. DDT can lead to liver cancer, nervous system damage, birth defects and other reproductive problem. For example, laboratory animals exposed to DDT show dose-related increases in liver tumors. Humans exposed to DDT via their work as pesticide applicators have been reported to have increased rates of liver cancer [11]. DDT also had negative influences on the ecosphere. When birds eat the pests with DDT, they will lay eggs with thinner shells, so that baby birds cannot survive. As a result, the number of birds decrease and this will influence the balance of ecosystem. Other than DDT, another product in Monsanto, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) also cause serious problems. PCBs were widely used as dielectric and coolant fluids, for example in electrical apparatus. Due to PCBs' environmental toxicity, PCB production was banned by the…show more content…
Some products help farmers and it has a foundation which provides projects all over the world. However, it has many negative aspects. First of all, the GM crops and seeds are not safe. The chemical products are toxic which harm both people and the environment. The high price products Monsanto sells to farmers in India cause the increase of suicide rate there. It hire children with very low wage and poor work and living condition. It use fake advertisement to attract people and it bribe government officials to pass products of questionable safety. The good in Monsanto cannot offset the bad. It pays little attention on corporation social

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