Greenhouses of Monsanto

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Research Biologist Heidi Windler takes tissue samples from... News PhotoAgriculture,Climate,Customized,Environmental Issues,Finance,Headquarters,Horizontal,Missouri,Monsanto - Portugal,Research,St. Louis,USA,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2009 Getty ImagesST LOUIS, MISSOURI, MAY 2009: Research Biologist Heidi Windler takes tissue samples from genetically modified corn plants inside a climate chamber housed in Monsanto agribusiness headquarters in St Louis, Missouri, 21 May 2009. Windler is attempting to breed a Corn Root Worm resistant strain of corn which will one day form the basis of a root worm resistant corn crop of the future. Monsanto is at the forefront of biotechnology in the agribusiness sector. These climate chambers are designed and built inhouse and they allow the technicans to monitor plant growth daily. These plants are monitored for the perfect DNA of an elite corn seed and then those plants that make the grade are forwarded to the next stage of the selection process. Monsanto is a controversial global corporate with a history of strong litigation against those it assumes are interfering with its stringent patent laws. This practise as well as its advanced genetically modified technology approach in the agricultural sector have led many to be suspicious of Monsanto and the ultimate good of GM foods. Monsanto argues back that sufficent food production for the future is simply not possible without adequate GM technology in agriculture. (Photograph by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)