Documentary by Marie-Monique Robin
(France, 2007, 1h48mn)
Co-production: ARTE France, Image et Compagnie, Thalia Productions, National Film Board of Canada, WDR
"I've never seen a company that has such a major influence and a high level of government authorities in charge of regulation with Monsanto's GMOs. " (Essayist Jeremy Rifkin)
Monsanto, American multinational born in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri, and initially specialized in the chemical industry, has become little more than a century the world leader in biotechnology, particularly in the market organizations genetically modified (GMO). She holds patent 90% of corn, soybeans, canola, or transgenic cotton grown in the world. Through successive acquisitions, it is becoming the first seed of the planet and ultimately it's the food chain as a whole it could control. But it was first with the Round Up, a "total" herbicide (time stamped "biodegradable") it began, from 1974, to conquer the world. He was also responsible for products as varied as the terrible Agent Orange, massively dumped on Vietnam by the US military, PCBs (pyralene France, prohibited the early 80 years), aspartame or growth hormones (banned in Europe and Canada). Monsanto warns Marie-Monique Robin, is one of the companies' most controversial of the industrial era. "
"Food, health, hope" on its website, the firm of St. Louis promises sustainable agriculture, higher yields, environmentally. Veteran journalist investigation, crowned the Albert Londres Prize in 1995, the director decided to try to play, including exploring the past of the company. His first step leads to the Anniston, Alabama, where 40% of the population, predominantly black, suffers from cancer. In 2002, Monsanto was condemned by justice to pay 700 million for concealing for decades the dangers of 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.
It leaves finally glimpse the germ disaster in the hegemonic Monsanto Seed the world, including the Indian or Paraguayan peasants suffer the consequences today. "We should not use citizens as guinea pigs. "To have raised concerns about GMOs on a BBC plateau, Arpad Pusztai biologist was fired overnight.
A few years later, The World According to Monsanto gives a global scale to this warning.
"The World According to Monsanto, GMOs dioxin, a multinational that wishes you well," a film by Marie-Monique Robin.
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