“Produce more, conserve more, improve lives” That’s Monsanto’s driving motto, yet after attending a presentation from a Monsanto scientist in February, it seems that they have interpreted this phrase quite broadly. Their main focus is growing productivity, as evident in the extensive consumer and seed research they have done. (They used a 2011 NAFTA Melon Preference Study to help identify certain characteristics that consumers prefer such as sweetness, aroma, and flavor).
While Monsanto has helped to provide consumers with a variety of fresh produce, especially those that withstand the effects of pesticides or harmful pests, their GMO work has been an issue of concern, health and environmental wise. There is not a significant amount of information, available about GMOs and health effects, but their use especially with Monsanto’s business model makes them unsustainable. Monsanto sells GMO seeds to farmers in developing nations that can truly benefit from the added properties of these products. Unfortunately, the traits that Monsanto breeds for cannot be based down from generation to generation. As such, these farmers become dependent upon their GMO seeds, as they would not be able to compete otherwise. The triple bottom line requires that people, planet, and profit are balance equally. Yet as ” a sustainable agriculture company,” Monsanto seems to be doing just the opposite, placing too much priority on profit.