The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply

The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply

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by Marie-Monique Robin
     
 

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The result of a remarkable three-year-long investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia), The World According to Monsanto tells the little-known yet shocking story of this agribusiness giant—the world’s leading producer of GMOs…  See more details below

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The result of a remarkable three-year-long investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia), The World According to Monsanto tells the little-known yet shocking story of this agribusiness giant—the world’s leading producer of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)—and how its new “green” face is no less malign than its PCB- and Agent Orange–soaked past.

Robin reports that, following its long history of manufacturing hazardous chemicals and lethal herbicides, Monsanto is now marketing itself as a “life sciences” company, seemingly convinced about the virtues of sustainable development. However, Monsanto now controls the majority of the yield of the world’s genetically modified corn and soy—ingredients found in more than 95 percent of American households—and its alarming legal and political tactics to maintain this monopoly are the subject of worldwide concern.

Released to great acclaim and controversy in France, throughout Europe, and in Latin America alongside the documentary film of the same name, The World According to Monsanto is sure to change the way we think about food safety and the corporate control of our food supply.

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In a book that won the 2009 Rachel Carson Prize, French journalist and documentary filmmaker Robin rakes agribusiness behemoth Monsanto across the coals. It's a wonder, if not a mystery, how the company has managed to sustain business, given its lengthy list of products that have been proven to be deleterious to life on earth: DDT, PCBs, dioxin, Agent Orange, bovine-growth hormones and more. Appalled that Monsanto still reports billions in profits, the author charts its self-serving product testing, its collusion with governmental agencies-"they are prepared to finance a study to improve the straws used for in vitro fertilization of pigs, but not one on the toxic effects of the most widely sold herbicide in the world"-its bullying of whistle-blowers, its veiled threats to advertisers and its thuggish patent-law litigation. As the world's leading producer of genetically modified organisms, the company has now positioned itself as the savior from world hunger. Of course, their seeds produce only sterile offspring, and the herbicide of choice-actually, no choice-is of their own making. Robin's outrage is well supported by wide-ranging scientific evidence, though a snarky tone undermines objectivity. A familiarity with endocrinology or molecular biology would be helpful to sift through the claims of Monsanto and its adversaries. Regardless, even lay readers are prodded to wise up and increase their awareness of what has become a serious threat. "After tracking the company for four years," writes the author, "I am in a position to state that we can no longer say we didn't know, and that it would be irresponsible to allow the food of humanity to fall into Monsanto's hands."Unblinkinglypartisan, which by no means dilutes its highly disconcerting message.

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ISBN-13:
9781595585363
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/11/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
622,931
File size:
670 KB

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The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LisaRose More than 1 year ago
If you eat, you should read this. Monsanto controls and shapes everything that goes into your food supply, and not for the better. Take action. Knowledge is power. Read this and say no to GMO's. The best book on the subject. Rachel Carson would have been proud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to be looking at soybeans, corn or other GMO foods the same way. Hard to believe Monsanto has gotten away with being able to manipulate governments to allow this stuff to be put into our food chain. Not only is this food only been superficially tested for potential harm, the crop yields aren't what were promised and now the GMO pollen and seeds are contaminating non-GMO crops. Europe has the right idea, to label this stuff so we consumers can make educated choices.
Moneysmart More than 1 year ago
This book is well researched and documented by the authoress, Robin. If you care about your life and your planet, you should read this book. Monsanto is on a crusade to cause the sixth extinction of life on earth. My words, not the authoress. The book takes you through the history of Monsanto and its continuing deceits and hiding of the truth about the danger of all its products culminating with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) which will destroy us. She has documented how Monsanto destroys careers of people who beg to differ with Monsanto's point of view. Monsanto ignores scientific facts to push their products. The financial bottom line means more to them than human food safety. This is pointed out time and time again in her book. My opinion, not the authoress, of Monsanto after reading this book is this company is one of the most evil companies on earth. I think when your read this well documented book, you will reach the same conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for every American.