Documentary by Marie-Monique Robin
(France, 2007, 1h48mn)
Co-production: ARTE France, Image et Compagnie, Thalia Productions, National Film Board of Canada, WDR
"I have never seen a company that has such a decisive and high-profile influence on governmental regulatory authorities as Monsanto with its GMOs." (Essayist Jeremy Rifkin)
Monsanto, an American multinational, born in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri, and first specialized in the chemical industry, has become in a little more than a century the world leader in biotechnology, genetically modified (GMO). It holds the 90% patents of corn, soybean, rapeseed, or cotton transgenic grown in the world. Through successive takeovers, it is becoming the first seed of the planet and ultimately, it is the entire food chain that it could control. But it was first with the Round Up, her herbicide "total" (long stamped "biodegradable") that she began, from 1974, to conquer the world. He is also responsible for products as varied as the terrible Agent Orange, massively spilled on Vietnam by the US military, PCBs (pyralene in France, banned in the early 80 years), aspartame or growth hormones (banned in Europe and Canada). Monsanto, warns Marie-Monique Robin, is one of the "most controversial companies of the industrial era".
"Food, health, hope": on its site, the firm of Saint-Louis promises a sustainable agriculture, with higher yields, respectful of the environment. A seasoned investigative journalist, crowned with the Prix Albert-Londres in 1995, the director decided to judge by piece, including exploring the past of the company. Her first step takes her to Anniston, Alabama, where 40% of the population, predominantly black, suffers from cancer. In 2002, Monsanto was condemned by the justice to pay 700 million to him for concealing for decades the dangerousness of the PCBs ...
Relentlessly, Anniston to Paraguay through India, Britain or Mexico, Marie-Monique Robin collection also alarming facts qu'irréfutables and dismantled point by point the speech of Monsanto. It demonstrates that in the GMO issue, the US and European regulations have been directly influenced without valid scientific validation by allies of the firm placed at key positions within an administration anything but independent. It outlines the stunning methods used by the multinational to discredit his opponents, but also intimidate farmers at home.
Finally, it reveals the catastrophe in germ in the hegemonic aims of Monsanto on the seeds of the world, of which the Indian or Paraguayan peasants are now suffering the consequences. "People should not be used as guinea pigs." Biologist Arpad Pusztai was dismissed overnight after expressing his concerns about GMOs on a BBC set.
A few years later, The World According to Monsanto gives a global scale to this warning.
"The world according to Monsanto, from dioxin to GMOs, a multinational that wants you well" a film by Marie-Monique Robin.
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