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

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The New Press, May 11, 2010 - Social Science - 384 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction The Monsanto Question
1
part i One of the Great Polluters of Industrial History
7
WhiteCollar Crime
9
A Polluter Working with the Pentagon
30
Manipulation and Corruption
48
A Massive Brainwashing Operation
69
The Food and Drug Administration Under the Influence
89
The Art of Silencing Dissenting Voices
108
10 The Iron Law of the Patenting of Life
201
Monsantos Lost Battle in North America
225
part iii Monsantos GMOs Storm the South
241
Seizing Control of Biodiversity
243
The Soybeans of Hunger
256
The United Soy Republic
273
The Seeds of Suicide
290
16 How Multinational Corporations Control the Worlds Food
307

The Great Conspiracy
129
7 The Invention of GMOs
131
8 Scientists Suppressed
153
9 Monsanto Weaves Its Web 19951999
178
Conclusion A Colossus with Feet of Clay
318
Notes
331
Index
359
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Marie-Monique Robin has received 20 awards for her films since her directing debut in 1989, including the Laurier du Senat, FIGRA's Best Investigative Documentary Award, LASA's Award of Merit, the Cairo Cinema Festival Critics' Award for Death Squads: The French School, and the Rachel Carson Prize for her 2009 expose The World According to Monsanto. Her book The Photos of the Century: 100 Historic Moments has more than 700,000 copies in print in seven languages.

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