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Environmental Case Analysis Genetic modified organisms

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Explain Cooley’s argument in “Genetically Modified
Organisms and Business Duties.” What would Cooley say
about the activities of Monsanto...
Explain Cooley’s argument in “Genetically Modified Organisms and Business Duties.” What would Cooley say about
the activities of Monsanto and related in the case study “Monsanto’s Round-Up Ready Wheat”? In general, do you
agree or disagree with Cooley?
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Environmental Case Analysis: Genetic modified organisms
In the preparation for this assignment, the case study selected was Chapter 2, Genetic
Modified Organisms from the text Watersheds 4. In the preparation of this case study,
the author will begin with a short summary of the case. In addition, identifying the
stakeholders and the various perspectives, concerns, interests, or pressures each

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brings to the situation and then, examine the relationship between environmental
science and ethics as they relate to the various stakeholders’ interests. A genetically
modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism
whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering or the artificial
modification of the genes of an organism to achieve a scientific or commercial profit.
Furthermore, This paper will address subjects discussed in the assignment such as a
hungry world, the prosecutors tale, and the origins of genetic modification of plants,
unexpected political backlash, and the future of the GMO.
Summary
Initially the aspect of Genetic Modified Organisms or (GMO), supposedly to reduce the
farmers workload by producing a seed that requires no tilling and no pesticides, thereby
reducing the cost of growing these crops. The science and agricultural environments felt
at the time that the farmer crop yield was less than adequate to feed the ever-growing
population, however,
this case further discussed how using a GMO has increased hunger in the world. There
was also some mention of profit in the business community.
In addition, the article discussed a prosecutor’s tale, in the process of developing the
GMO, the article discussed how one company patented a GMO, which prosecuted a
farmer, which had not bought the patented GMO. However, the farmer had GMO plants
in his field, after a long court session, it was discovered that the GMO had most likely
blown into the farmers field. This caused a huge problem and ended up being settled in
court. Currently no remedy for windblown plants with GMOs exists and this has caused
a large problem with the patent process.
The political backlash is when seeds or crops are resistant to herbicides or insects or
plants resistant to weeds, then the issue of the production of stronger herbicides will be
introduced, what would be the health implication, the health cost could be catastrophic.
However, the thought that the public might reject the aspect of genetically altered food
was never discussed. With the successful alteration of crop seeds came other ideas

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such as the cloning of animals to produce less fat and more beef, however, there
remained a political backlash.
“This is the company that brought us Agent Orange, PCBs, and Bovine Growth
Hormone; the same company that produces Roundup, the world’s biggest selling
herbicide,
and the highly questionable ‘Terminator Technology.’ . . . Can we allow corporations like
Monsanto to gamble with the very future of life on Earth?” (Newton, Dillingham, & Choly,
2006, p. 24)
There seems to be criticism on all sides of GMO technology and products, these
arguments are between the health issues and the United Kingdom by the introduction of
bouts of “mad cow disease,” or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). However, all
reports indicate that the prion disease is not an association of genetic engineering and
supposedly, this is not genetic. What does BSE have to do with the GMO controversy?
The similarity doe exist: (Desjardins, 2006)
• profit-oriented improvements led farmers in Britain to include the use of the internal
organs of slaughtered animals in the feed for their herds of beef cattle, and this is how
the cows became infected
• Second, even when infected cattle staggered and fell before the television cameras of
three continents, scientists plausibly argued that such disease could not possibly affect
humans, so British beef was quite safe; accordingly, its distribution was not regulated
very strictly;
• Third, after scientists and government, regulators had promised it would not happen,
some people who ate that beef became very sick and some died.
The Analysis
The implications initially were huge, with the success of genetically altered crops, world
hunger could be

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