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

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

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by Marie-Monique Robin
     
 

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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”

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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. 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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."
L’Express

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:
01/03/2012
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
172,495
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
“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."
L’Express

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