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Monsanto should be made Illegal, 40% Honeybee Die-off

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Started: 5/23/2015 Category: Sports
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So ther've been many stories of animals dying and avoiding buying fish from the West Coast. Lots of stories about Japan and Fukushima... Monsanto is considered to be one of the world's most hated companies. When I watched a documentary by Monsanto about mono-culture plants I agreed with their view. Should Monsanto be made illegal? They are basically Frankenstein. But that is just a story, right? There are stories on Infowars.com for instance, and not in any way the first, just today an article, 40% HoneyBee die-off. Interesting. How are GMO foods affecting natural wildlife? Apparently in HUGE ways. Anyone want to CON and argue FOR Monsanto? And if no one does than should we just go along with Monsanto as our True destiny? Perhaps it would be better with Gattaca? As far as, saying "Monsanto has nothing to do with the Honeybee Die-off..." That's possible. It's just that the timing and the evidence seem to show a different path followed...
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What are GMOs?
Monsanto is one of those companies that are plagued with conspiracy theorists. This is a great example of "Do not believe everything you read on the Internet".

The main problem people have with Monsanto is the involvement with GMO's. Well, these people tend to not even know what GMO's are. Through evolution, we have altered our food over thousands of years. Through full genome sequencing, we can speed up the process, and customize food to our needs. GMO's are simply custom tailored foods.

The result is food that is healthier, easier to grow, and better for the environment. A goal of bioengineers is to create GMOs that have natural insect repellent, so we can eliminate the use of insecticides. Many foods already have this capability.

Even if you're eating something labeled "Non-GMO", this is still technically a GMO. It is still food altered through artificial selection. The companies with a "Non-GMO" label are both incorrect, and using it as a justification for overpriced food.

It's sad I have to include a section talking about what GMO's even are, but 100% of the population arguing against them don't know.

1: GMO's can be good for insect growth
As I mentioned in the previous section, GMO's can limit the need for insecticides. Insecticides cost money and are bad for the environment, so this is a very reasonable thing for engineers to want to do.

If that doesn't work, then they can create foods that are resistant to insecticides, so we get more yield out of a crop that would otherwise have less. This is one of the first things that Monsanto did.

A mistake people often make is that GMOs = Insecticides and chemicals. These people don't even know the basics, and it's laughable they debate against them.

2: Insecticides are still necessary to feed people
I've eaten today, have you? Insecticides have been used for a long time, and the reasons why are obvious. The use of insecticides limit the space needed for crops, and lowers the price of crops.

I'm not going to say insecticides are healthy. They are bad pollutants, and ingested (in small quantities) by people. We should definitely work to overcome these problems. However, banning their use is just stupid. Food prices would rise dramatically. Food would be less healthy.

And as I've mentioned, GMO's have the power to limit insecticide use.

3: Monsanto is not the only company in the agricultural sector
Every agricultural company you can think of has it's hand in GMOs, and insecticides, because they can see the future of the industry. Why not ban them too?

4: Why would we see this now?
This is in response to the original claim: "40% Honeybee die-off"
First off, what does this even mean? Can we have a source or a better description of the problem?
Second, can you link this directly to a single company, or are you just saying "ban this one?"

Third and probably most important, Monsanto has been hated for a good part of 20 years. If bees are just dying now, then the cause and effect isn't lining up right.

In conclusion, Yes, there are definitely problems with Monsanto. However, the tools provided have benefits for all of humanity, and are in use by the entire agricultural sector. Banning them won't solve the problems, but will make the benefits dive.
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Posted by ERIC_k 2 years ago
ERIC_k
Political reforms for one company should mean reforms for all companies.
Posted by whiteflame 2 years ago
whiteflame
...You really should rethink the topic. I don't even think you can make a company illegal... You can shut them down based on illegal practices, but you can't illegalize the company itself.

If you want, I'd be happy to debate GMO as a whole. Happy to support them on almost any level. I'll even debate Monsanto's contribution to the honeybee die-off specifically, and gladly take Con.
Posted by Diqiucun_Cunmin 2 years ago
Diqiucun_Cunmin
I think their power should be reduced through political reforms to reduce corporate influence, abolition of the Monsanto-favouring TRIPS agreement, regulating the sale of GM food, and so on. I wouldn't support making a corporation illegal, though... another will just take its place...
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