Self-Analysis | Looking toward the greater good

Reflecting back on the research and writing I’ve completed the past few weeks, I realized just how research extensive this blog was. When I began writing, I was focused on the ethics of Monsanto’s business practices. Most of my research was focused on the U.S. farming industry but I quickly realized how global Monsanto is … More Self-Analysis | Looking toward the greater good

Ethics Unresolved | Implications

It’s not difficult to imagine what the consequences of irresponsible business ethics would look like because it is already a harsh reality we face. Here are some alarming events: Dole Food Company faced a lawsuit from their workers who claimed their health issues were caused from exposure to the pesticide, DBCP. GMO and pesticide testing aren’t just conducted in third world countries. Hawaii … More Ethics Unresolved | Implications

Theory post | Business ethics

Why shouldn’t businesses promote ethical practices? I think most people would agree workers want fair wages, safe working conditions, health benefits, paid leave, etc. Now ask the question to yourself again but remember, we’re living in a free market economy. That’s where the debate lies: the definition and function of a free market economy. Many people believe … More Theory post | Business ethics

Lowering CEO earnings and increasing worker pay

The widening gap in income inequality has become a growing issue since the turn of the century. One of the main causes that contributes to the disparity is that worker pay has stagnated while chief corporate executives (CEO) incomes have skyrocketed. In the United States, compensation for CEOs soared 937% between 1978 and 2013. Today, a CEO makes 300 times … More Lowering CEO earnings and increasing worker pay

Less harm, more good (Analysis)

Monsanto has self-proclaimed itself as a “sustainable agricultural company”. Through my research thus far, I have found many contradicting events that prove otherwise, but the issues causing the events go further than just Monsanto. The system is set up so large corporations can get away with greed and power. This greed and power is so influential it has infiltrated … More Less harm, more good (Analysis)

Sustainable farming in comparison

For this post, I decided to dive further into examples of sustainable farming is in comparison to Monsanto’s practices and the environmental and health consequences that result from them. The Sustainable Table defines sustainable agriculture as: the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human … More Sustainable farming in comparison

Profit vs Ethics

Corporate espionage. You have probably heard of this term in the news or in movies or TV shows. You have probably also heard of the fraud that occurs in corporate America. Why and how often does it happen? Why has our society gotten used to the greed in big business? Why doesn’t the media talk … More Profit vs Ethics

Protecting Small Farmers

To explain Monsanto’s dominance in the agribusiness sector, one can look at their market share: 80% of U.S. corn seeds 90% of U.S. soybeans seeds In 2014, the company brought in $15.9 billion in sales. But the underlying practice that leads to Monsanto’s financial success? Their current ownership of 1700 patented seeds. When farmers buy … More Protecting Small Farmers

Start with Why

Hi! My name is Natalie and I will be one of the four out our group posting on this blog about Monsanto Company’s business practices and the impacts it has on our society as a whole. My interest in sustainable organic farming can be traced back to my upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area. My … More Start with Why