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Proposition 37 Debate


Michelle Launi

on 19 March 2014

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Transcript of Proposition 37 Debate

The Benefits
Our position on Proposition 37
We use our biotechnology only to create desirable characteristics that will help farmers conserve their resources and produce more and for that reason biotech crops are safe. Our products under go much more testing than any other agricultural products by the FDA, USDA, and the EPA. For that reason we can guarantee their safety and support the fact that GM foods reduce health risks as well, by adding more necessary vitamins and nutrients.
Disadvantages of Proposition 37
Over regulation of GM foods will create for delays in the spread of this technology to developing countries were they need it for their growing populations.
Labeling will also decrease the rate of growth in the food supply and will increase the price of food as well.
Finally, this will slow down the rest of technology with bioengineering because of fear that has not been completely thought through.
Higher yields
Less runoff of soil and erosion
Higher profits for farmers in the developed and developing world
Lower risk of certain diseases and allergens
Provides innovation
The Roots of our promise to sustainable agriculture
Producing more
Conserving more
Improving lives
Producing more
Our goal is to work towards doubling the yields of many crops that we Genetically Engineer for the sake of the growing population and the need for nutrient filled foods. We are improving the seeds of commonly used crops with beneficial characteristics that can only be produced through Genetic Modification.
Conserving More
Improving lives
Our View on Proposition 37
We as Monsanto feel that Proposition 37 is an unnecessary act that will only weaken our pledge to sustainable agriculture and will slow down the rest of the world with it. Genetic Modification and Biotechnology products are safe and often much safer that than conventional methods. For this reason labeling GM foods will only slow down the advancement of technology and cause panic among the public.
Prevention of fungal toxins/natural particles
Fungal toxins like fumonisin are extremely toxic and have been shown to lead to esophageal cancer and interfere with the uptake of folic acid. It has been proven genetically modified corn has 80% less levels of fumonisin that traditional crops. GM foods allow us with a safer alternative to particles that our bodies are no longer used to.
Our other main goal is to help the environment by conserving what resources we do have. The new GM crops now require less water to grow, and soil that is arable. One of our main goals is to maintain that soil health as well as conserve other resources like nitrogen, which is a key fertilizer typically used. Conserving more will allow use to continue life on Earth for years, decades, and hopefully centuries to come.
Finally, in everything we do we are trying to improve lives in both developed and developing countries. We are improving nutrition by increasing the amount of certain nutrients. We hope to reduce world hunger by increasing the yields of both wheat and rice.
For small and privately owned farms and farmers GM crops will do a service to them as well as commercial farmers and ones in less developed countries. These crops protect small farmers from the need to use harmful chemicals and can also increase their profits through increasing yields.
For people afraid of reports that GM foods may create more allergens and health concerns we can tell them that there is no evidence at all to support that statement and in fact the opposite is true. We can actually eliminate particular allergens from food by taking them out while altering the genes and by adding more useful nutrients and vitamins as replacement.
Our Closing Statement
You may view our stand as biased because we create many of these Genetically Modified seeds, but we truly believe in this cause and feel that genetic modification is the only way for our way of life on Earth to prosper because;
Our Promise is the Foundation of Soil, for our own pledge
DisAdvantages of Organic food
Without Genetically modified food, Organic food would have to used as a substitute. Organic food gives less yields,provides more runoff of soil and erodes more, produces less profit for farmers in the developed and developing world, and has a higher risk of certain diseases and allergens.
Works Cited
Food&Water Watch. "Genetically Engineered Crops Will Not Feed the World." Gale. Cengage Learning,
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How Things Have Improved For Farmers in Past 30 Years. Producing More. Monsanto. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://

"Latest Headlines ." Monsanto. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <>.
Miller, Henry I. "Genetically Modified Foods Have Numerous Benefits and No Known Risks." Gale. Cengage Learning, 2013.
Monsanto's Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture. Monsanto. Monsanto. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <>.
Our Closing and last statement is that we do not want proposition 37 to go through, as it would negatively affect the production and distribution of GMOs. What we want is to help end hunger with genetically modified foods that are resistant to things like harmful weather and fungi, and bred to be larger and able to feed more people.>.

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Monsanto Logo. Monsanto. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <>.
Development Over Time: Angus Cow and Sweet Corn. Monsanto. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <>.
How Long Did It Take? Monsanto. Monsanto. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <>.
Institute for Responsible Technology. "Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks." (n.d.): n. pag. Web. <http://>.
"Genetically Engineered Crops Have Had a Positive Impact on Biodiversity." Galegroup. Com. 17 Mar. 2014. <>
"Don't Believe the Lie: Organic Farming CAN Feed the World." Galegroup. Com. 17 Mar. 2014. <>
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