Those being exploited: customers, general public
What's the big deal?: When a team of professionals from MIT and Columbia were recently asked to come up with a simple way to improve the health of Americans, they recommended a diversified regional food economy.
Of course, we all have some level of choice over our diets, but as long as we allow Monsanto to dictate to farmers what kind of seeds can be used, our available choices will be limited. As of 2008, Monsanto had between a 20% and 40% market share in worldwide seeds for corn, soybeans, tomatoes, and onions -- to name a few.
And even if farmers don't use Monsanto seeds or chemicals, they can still suffer when weed-killers drift onto their productive land. The company has its boots not only on farmers' necks, but on those of consumers as well.
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