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Published to stellar praise worldwide, The World According to Monsanto charts award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin’s three-year journey across four continents to uncover the disturbing practices of multinational agribusiness corporation Monsanto.

The book exposes the shocking story of how the new “green” face of the world’s leading producer of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is no less malign than its PCB—and Agent Orange—soaked past. ...

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Overview


Published to stellar praise worldwide, The World According to Monsanto charts award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin’s three-year journey across four continents to uncover the disturbing practices of multinational agribusiness corporation Monsanto.

The book exposes the shocking story of how the new “green” face of the world’s leading producer of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is no less malign than its PCB—and Agent Orange—soaked past. Monsanto currently 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, with baleful consequences for the world’s small-scale farmers.

Selected as a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2011 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, The World According to Monsanto is positioned to increase awareness of a serious threat to our food supply.

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“No one who cares for their freedom and health can afford to ignore this very important book.”
—Vandana Shiva, author of Earth Democracy and Stolen Harvest

“A truly eye-opening view of how American business-as-usual really works.”
Daily Kos

"Robin’s outrage is well supported by wide-ranging scientific evidence . . . even lay readers are prodded to wise up and increase their awareness of what has become a serious threat."
Kirkus Reviews

"Sends chills down the spine. . . . After reading this, we can no longer afford to turn a blind eye."
Le Point

"Passionate and truly rich reporting."
Libération

"[An] incredibly documented work."
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Kirkus Reviews
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595587091
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 160,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize, awarded to investigate journalists in France. She is the director and produce of over thirty documentaries and investigative reports filmed in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. She lives outside Paris.

George Holoch has translated more than twenty books, including Notes on the Occupation by Eric Hazan and Offshore by Alain Deneault (both from The New Press). He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    A MUST READ!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    fascinating history of the politics surrounding development of GMO foods

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Can't Recommend It Enough

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Excellent

    Should be required reading for every American.

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