Documentary by Marie-Monique Robin
(France, 2007, 1h48mn)
Co-production: ARTE France, Image et Compagnie, Thalie Productions, National Film Board of Canada, WDR
"I have never seen a company that has as much influence and influence over the government regulators as Monsanto with its GMOs. " (essayist Jeremy Rifkin)
Monsanto, a US-based 1901 multinational in St. Louis, Missouri, first specialized in the chemical industry, has become in just over a century the world leader in biotechnology, particularly in the organism market. genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It holds the patents of 90% of corn, soybean, rapeseed, or transgenic cotton grown around the world. Through successive purchases, it is becoming the first seed of the planet and eventually it is the entire food chain that it could control. But it was first with the Round Up, her "total" herbicide (long stamped "biodegradable") that she started, from 1974, to conquer the world. He is also responsible for products as varied as the terrible Agent Orange, massively dumped 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 age".
"Food, health, hope": on its site, the Saint-Louis firm promises sustainable agriculture, with superior yields, respectful of the environment. A seasoned investigative journalist, crowned with the Albert-London Prize in 1995, the director decided to judge on the basis of the piece, including by exploring the company's past. Her first step takes her to Anniston, Alabama, where 40% of the population, mostly black, suffers from cancer. In 2002, Monsanto was condemned by the justice to pay him 700 million dollars for having concealed for decades the dangerousness of PCBs…
Relentlessly, from Anniston to Paraguay via India, Great Britain or Mexico, Marie-Monique Robin collects facts as alarming as irrefutable and dismantles the point of Monsanto's speech. It shows that, in the case of GMOs, US and European regulations have been directly influenced, without valid scientific validation, by allies of the firm placed in key positions within an all but independent administration. It exposes the amazing methods used by the multinational to discredit its opponents, but also intimidate farmers at home.
Finally, it reveals the catastrophe that is germinating in Monsanto's hegemonic plans for the seeds of the world, whose Indian or Paraguayan farmers are now suffering the consequences. "We should not use citizens like guinea pigs. For expressing his concerns about GMOs on a BBC set, the biologist Arpad Pusztaï was fired overnight.
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 good" a film by Marie-Monique Robin.
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