The World According to Monsanto delves deep into the domination of the agricultural industry from one of the world s most insidious and powerful companies.
The movie is a bold and brilliant documentary, a must-see for anyone who is intrigued by learning more about the multi-billion dollar and highly dangerous Monsanto operates.
Like many, French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin spent years hearing about the Monsanto before she took the time to find out what the company was all about. Monsanto originally started out as one of the world’s largest chemical companies and is responsible for the creation of Agent Orange, Aspartame, Bovine Growth Hormone, Polystyrene, PCBs and Genetically-Engineered Crops. No other documentary has ever created such a compelling and damning case against Monsanto.
The company’s leading product is Roundup – the world’s number one selling herbicide for the last 30 years. They are the world leader in biotechnology, with over 90% of the genetically modified organisms grown on the planet belonging to them. Most are amended to resist the application of Roundup technology. When their leading product Roundup was as introduced in 1974, the success of the product was, in part, due to its claims of being biodegradable, and that the product leaves the soil clean and is good for the environment. But since they have twice found guilty of false advertising. Forcing the company to removed the word biodegradable from its labels.
Robin interviews individuals in Pennsylvania who suffered serious health effects from Monsanto s PCB production plant. In 2001, 20,000 residents filed two lawsuits against Monsanto seeking compensation for the adverse effects of the PCBs. Monsanto settled by paying $700 million dollars to build a hospital, compensate the victims, and clean up the contaminated site. David Carpenter, the foremost expert on PCBs, explains how the entire world is now contaminated with PCBs. They have gone into the water and the air.
Monsanto’s GMOs, perhaps the products that are causing the most concern with activists around the globe, were only introduced in 1996 when their Roundup Ready Soybeans were approved for use in the USA. Today, Roundup Ready Soy Beans account for 90% of all the soybeans grown in the USA with 70% of the food in American stores containing bio-engineered elements. And to makes things worse, there is no labeling of genetically modified foods in the USA.
The World According to Monsanto leaves no stone unturned in the Monsanto story. Interviewing every authority on the subject, tracing the American policy-makers that allow Monsanto to prosper.