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Deconstructing Monsanto [Kindle Edition]

Chris Kanthan
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Book Description

Why is Monsanto known as the "most evil" company in the world? Why have chronic diseases such as food allergies, obesity, autism, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and cancer become epidemic?

Written as a conversation between two people, this book is easy to read. However, it is filled with detailed information on GMOs, including the technology, testing and labeling, health risks, scientific studies, and effects on the ecosystem and biodiversity. The book also illustrates the history and the political influence of Monsanto--the biotech giant who, once known for making banned chemicals such as DDT and Agent Orange, now controls what Americans eat and drink.

There are more than 75 external hyperlinks to reliable sources within the book.

Whether you are concerned about the rise in chronic diseases, or curious about genetically modified/engineered food, you will find this book informative. If you are a food warrior trying to change people’s opinions on GMOs, you will find useful strategies here.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short book, long on information. A must-read! May 19, 2013
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Deconstructing Monsanto by Chris Kanthan is a hugely impactful book that will literally take only an hour or two of your time to read. What do I mean by "impactful"? This book is written in a conversational, non-preachy way but you will never look at food the same way again after you read it. And that's a good thing.

In a span of 16 years, Monsanto -- best known for being the chemical company responsible for Agent Orange and Roundup -- has taken over the food supply of Americans (and much of the rest of the world). With no oversight by the FDA or any other regulatory agency, the company has pumped our food full of carcinogens. As much as 70 percent of the food in your average grocery store is GMO and full of poison. Is it any wonder that our food is making us sicker and not giving us the nutrients we need? How do you feel about feeding your family this kind of food?

The author has done a great job showing why assurances that GMO crops are safe are empty promises. The truth is, nobody knows the longterm impacts of GMO exposure (because Monsanto has effectively shut down scientific studies), but it doesn't take a genius to understand that if most of the food you eat is GMO (which it is), you're consuming vast amounts of herbicide. You know: That stuff you're supposed to not inhale or have touch your skin when you're spraying the weeds in your backyard.

If you're at all curious about what the big deal about GMO food is, why people around the world are leading movements to label GMOs, and why entire countries have managed to outright ban GMOs and Monsanto -- this easily digestible book is for you. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars accessible and informative May 6, 2013
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This piece is quite well done. The conversational approach is very accessible. But that doesn't mean its short on hard data, facts and links to reputable sources to support arguments. This piece should appeal to:

1) People who know nothing about GMOs
2) Ardent anti-GMO folks who are looking for a good place to point non-believers
3) Pro-GMO folks who are open to better understanding the topic
4) Anyone who wants to absorb "controversial" information in a pleasant non-confrontational conversation-like manner

In the end this topic is really about common sense and I believe Chris demonstrates a lot of that in this piece.

Buy this--as I have--and encourage others to as well!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Hey Chris,

What a meticulous and methodical research you have done!

I had read some media reports recently, about the GM crops, the herbicides and pesticides that are in use nowadays. Those reports gave me an impression that they are well researched, tested and very safe to use. So I never bothered to check for a label in any of the products (American/Indian) that are marketed in India. Just can't believe that FDA or EPA just approves them without testing them. No wonder cancer, obesity, infertility and other new health issues are on the rise!

Suing the farmers for pollination, which is a natural event and monopolizing the whole world by causing imbalance in the ecosystem...just can't understand how some people can be that evil! Won't their conscience hurt? What will Monsanto's bigwigs and government policy makers feed their family? Organic food?

[Speaking of Organic foods, are they 'truly organic'? It would be nice if you could throw some light on this matter.]

And to see that GM seeds are being introduced by Monsanto in India, is really scary!!
The hyperlinks at the appropriate places to support your argument in this book, has given me more information to extend my hands in support and spread the awareness to my near and dear ones!

This book has surely made an impact on what I will eat and feed my family from now.

Keep up the good work.

Buvana Sankar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick read about GMOs January 11, 2014
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Good overview of the subject for busy people who may want to know what the GMO issues are about. I understand more now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Corporation personified January 23, 2014
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It's bad enough that our corporations don't see their missions as producing anything. It's bad enough that they outsource, to the lowest bidder, every job that used to provide a living for our middle class. It's worse that they collude with (and keep a revolving employment door open with) the government, so that every law and rule and restriction the C-level officers feel constrained by when they're in the private sector are erased when they sit in the state houses.
I suppose in one form or another that's SOP for every governed since capitalism began.
Does it really need, though, to extend to allowing corporations like Monsanto to poison our own people? It's common knowledge that most of the rest of the First World doesn't permit their poison. Do they need to poison the planet, too?
I'm not a fan of conspiracy theories. I believe what Sonny Barger said, that three can keep a secret of two are dead, is optimistic. So groups keeping secrets seems unlikely. What I'm getting at is then... Why? Why would we allow this? If other countries feed their people without Monsanto, why don't we? I don't have all the answers... yet. I do think that the things they do, the crimes they commit then legitimize as they play musical chairs with jobs and move from CEO to Commerce Secretary or director of the FDA are the catalysts historians will point to as the beginnings of the next big change in this country.
The only real question will be the nature of that change. A revolution? The beginnings of massive depopulation? Or will we be weakened and unable to stop a new government?
Because it seems that the money Monsanto spends to poison us could just as easily make us stronger. They built crops that could withstand the weed killer they make - and only the weed killer they make.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening
For those who have not studied the issue this easy to read book is a great review of the issues surrounding COM foods and ways to avoid eating them. Well documented
Published 15 days ago by Lee Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Artfully concise study of Monsanto
Very clever dialog allows the reader immediate access to the subject. I was looking for a quick summary, this book in very brief fashion achieved that. Good read.
Published 18 days ago by G. Knoop
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU NEED TO READ THIS !!
Everyone needs to read this ......we need to know the TRUTH of whats happening to our produce !!!
Published 22 days ago by Pauline R. Blass
5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational!
this book is very informing when it comes to learning more about Monsanto, GM crops, herbicides & pesticides. The Q&A style really makes everything easier to understand. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars dumbed down
Book reads like the reader is an idiot. I don't plan on finishing the book and will probably delete it.
Published 4 months ago by A. J. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars recommend!
I recommend to read it, absolutely! You will learn a lot and this book will change your mind and perspective.
Published 5 months ago by Irina
5.0 out of 5 stars informative, easy read
Very eye opening and the conversational writing is easy to comprehend and apply. Would recommend for others to read. A+
Published 9 months ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars A company that clearly values profit over the health of multi-millions...
This book contains information that should be front page headlines. How is it possible to be protected from such greed?
Published 9 months ago by Shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book about GMOs
As the author of Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What We Can Do to Stop It I devoted a whole chapter to GMOs because of three reasons: 1) they... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This is a good book with much insight on the problems being caused by Monsanto. It is filled with many hyperlink references that will allow you to further your knowledge about GMO... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sgt. Revels
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Chris Kanthan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, has traveled to more than 30 countries, and deeply cares about politics, finance and food. He has degrees in Physics and Engineering with a minor in Economics (and, just for fun, a diploma in Paralegal).

A sample of his works:
1) Interview about "Deconstructing Monsanto": http://bit.ly/10XQQ3U
2) How GMO-free Diet Changed My Life: http://bit.ly/17SwKSS
3) About Fake Food: http://bit.ly/17k1sAS
4) March Against Monsanto: http://bit.ly/19RyWoB
5) Marketing for Activists: http://bit.ly/12zBFlH
6) About GMO Labeling and Prop 37: http://bit.ly/NUkhlS
7) About Facebook Valuation: http://bit.ly/Jwegf0
8) About Elections in Greece: http://bit.ly/JhH1ey
9) About Obama's Debate Performance: http://bit.ly/10dsjIJ
10) Why we shouldn't go to war with Syria: http://bit.ly/183Lt8o
11) Lessons in Economics from Thailand http://bit.ly/1dxVvES
12) Crisis in Ukraine: In-depth Discussion http://bit.ly/1cS15hz



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