“Our role is to be front, able to transport the rice globally with ease spreading this revolutionary seed for the intent of humanitarian needs” (Syngenta, Agribusiness Company of Switzerland)
Industries view society and nature differently to that of the environmental, human and ethically worlds. To industries the environment is a natural resource that is to be used for the sole purpose of mankind. They use to land to make profit from the common folk, and do so in the cheapest possible way to make a successful business. As the world population continues to increase the major problems facing the future of our plant is how are we to feed this population? This is where industries such as Monsanto and Syngenta see a gap in the market place. As innovative crops, from the GM world, are introduced they want to be the patent holder to produce that crop worldwide. In the case of Golden Rice Monsanto and Syngenta are acting as the care givers, or providers, of this revolutionary seed to developing nations in a hope to enter into a new market for future co-operate profits. Syngenta is in full support of the Golden Rice Project donating ‘license free’ rights to the inventors in order for them to carry out their humanitarian aims. Whilst they push this stands in front of the public and press, they will actually only give the license free of charge if a produce makes less than $10,000. If they produce more profit than this they would have to pay a fee to Syngenta to use the product which is investing into further research for Golden Rice. Furthermore to grow Golden Rice you need to invest in other agricultural products such as fertilizers, pesticides, and machinery the developing nation farmer cannot afford to buy. To introduce this crop into developing nations could cause the large industrial firms to break into the market supply and price the indigenous farmers out. What will this then do the local and regional agricultural economies that current exists in developing nations?
A typical large scale industrial Golden Rice field