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The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply [Kindle Edition]

Marie-Monique Robin
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The result of a remarkable three-year-long investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia), The World According to Monsanto tells the little-known yet shocking story of this agribusiness giant—the world’s leading producer of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)—and how its new “green” face is no less malign than its PCB- and Agent Orange–soaked past.

Robin reports that, following its long history of manufacturing hazardous chemicals and lethal herbicides, Monsanto is now marketing itself as a “life sciences” company, seemingly convinced about the virtues of sustainable development. However, Monsanto now controls the majority of the yield of the world’s genetically modified corn and soy—ingredients found in more than 95 percent of American households—and its alarming legal and political tactics to maintain this monopoly are the subject of worldwide concern.

Released to great acclaim and controversy in France, throughout Europe, and in Latin America alongside the documentary film of the same name, The World According to Monsanto is sure to change the way we think about food safety and the corporate control of our food supply.

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Robin’s outrage is well supported by wide-ranging scientific evidence . . . even lay readers are prodded to wise up and increase their awareness of what has become a serious threat.
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Sends chills down the spine. . . . After reading this, we can no longer afford to turn a blind eye.
Le Point

Passionate and truly rich reporting.

[An] incredibly documented work.


Truly noble journalistic work . . . Robin informs, enlightens, unveils, and begins the work of alerting the public.
--La Marseillaise

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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, disturbing August 11, 2009
I have read this book in French, and while it took me weeks to finish, it was an amazing experience. I felt compelled to send copies to many family members so that they scrutinize what they eat in a better manner. The depth of information and research in the book is amazingly profound. The proofs are gathered with a thorough methodology, page after page denouncing Monsanto and their allies as the biggest threat to our health and environment for years to come.

I live in Costa Rica, and have been investigating the use of pesticides and chemicals involved in the production and importation of the food that I used to consume. Transgenic soy, growth hormones, etc, are flooding our market, thanks to the Free Trace Agreement with the US (TLC) voted last year. I was in favour at the time because I did not have enough information to make up my mind. I now understand a painful reality of this treaty, which made transgenic foods available to us country-wide. An increasing number of children in Costa Rica are suffering from Asthma and allergies, I now understand why.

This book is a must read.

NB: Amazon lists this book as being "out of print" (wondering on what grounds). This is not correct. It will be released in late September, so, do not dispair, it is on its way.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for all consumers June 10, 2010
By Anon
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Wow, what an amazing investigative job Ms. Robin has done! I, like many people, had already heard rumors about Monsanto, especially as regards GMOs, but learned through reading her book that I basically knew nothing. Her research and documentation will take away any doubt consumers might have as to whom to believe in the debates surrounding GMOs, PCBs, bovine growth hormones, dioxins. It implicitly underscores how complacent, through innocent ignorance, we consumers have been and how we need to wake up to protect our environment, our food sources, and ultimately our health. If nothing else, individuals can vote with their dollar. This book is very much a worthwhile and necessary read but, that said, it is also a time-consuming one. Just about every page is jam-packed with important information and can at times be tedious -- but bear with it, it is most decidedly worth it. I don't see any way Ms. Robin could have improved on this monumental task. I am very grateful to her for her work. The information therein would make for a wonderful text for a college course on the dangers of companies like Monsanto.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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This is a MUST READ!... a well researched book that I would encourage others to read and share with their friends and family to get the information out.
The book was extremely well written starting with the history of how Monsanto started...a chemist working with $5,000. It goes through the entire history of Monsanto, PCB's, DDT, Agent Orange, Rbgh (growth hormone in milk), Round-Up, GMO's, buying control of the world seed supplies, patents. There is a chapter devoted to the various subjects giving names, dates and research articles.

Approximately 70% of our food is somehow genetically modified which I find unsettling considering that it has not been tested. We are essentially Monsanto's guinea pigs. The book explains in great detail why....the health dangers,how independent researchers are discredited, etc.
For more information on GMO's, Google Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Deception, Geneetic Roulette. You can watch his video.

There is also the issue of losing our plant diversity. I think just about anyone knows the history of the Irish potato famine. The danger of something like this happening again is too real. Monsanto now owns about 95% of the seeds and their methods of scaring and threatening farmers are well documented. Google Monsanto in Wickapedia and you'll be surprised at what you'll discover.

The political influence Monsanto has with their deep pockets puts the population at extreme risk. The book exposes how one of Monsanto's high executives paraphrased, (quote is in the book), that Monsanto's job is to make money. It's the job of the FDA to ensure safety. Unfortunately, a lawyer for Monsanto who wrote the policy then went to work for the FDA where that policy was basically introduced.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Corporate Greed to a Whole New Level March 14, 2011
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This is an absolute must read!

If you think the FDA and other government "watchdogs" are doing their job and protecting the food we eat... guess what? They are owned and controlled by Monsanto. And it's all about the money. If that wasn't bad enough, Monsanto hides the results of most of their studies on GMOs and other products including toxic pesticides, since the results are always so troubling. What a track record!

Some of the stories related by the author like the hospital in Viet Nam that has jars upon jars of fetuses born with horrific birth defects from the use of Monsanto chemical defoliants is hard to read. How can Monsanto weigh this evidence against their bottom line? If you work for Monsanto, be sure and check your conscience at the door, unless you buy their line that these chemicals are safe for plants, animals and humans.

This book has definitely prompted me into action. It's hard to sit back and watch Monsanto destroy our world's food supply one crop at a time. Is there any good news in all this? Yes. A vast majority of people in the U.S. want GMO food labeled accordingly, and GMOs are causing an exponential growth in organic food.

Like the books asks, "What if GMOs were tomorrow's Agent Orange?" It looks like a very likely assessment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Balanced versus Unbalanced Journalism
According to Marie-Monique Robin, Monsanto did nothing, absolutely nothing good. The only good people in the world are exhibitionistic Journalists.
Published 7 hours ago by Patricia B. Sheetz
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched piece!
Highly informative. Engaging. Captivating. This book captures the malevolent essence of Monsanto and the hazards of genetically modified products, specifically produce. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Alina Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Every THINKING person should read this book
Monsanto has proven to be a BIG corporation where profits are absolutely more important than humans and other animals on this planet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert E. Diggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary
Great book - summarizes well a lot of research done on the topic. I have read many similar books but this one examines all aspects of the threat and will hopefully convert many... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zizana
1.0 out of 5 stars A fantastical fiction where giant corporations are waiting around the...
This book spills forth the same rhetoric heard in anti-GMO forums and is not worth much time. Many claims that do not have supporting evidences, using rejected preliminary studies... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of how the world will end.
And the details of those who would let it, those who would usher it in and those who would throw themselves on the tracks to stop it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Background on Monsanto
I would recommend this for anyone gaining knowledge on the broad and complex topic of Genetically Modified Organisms / Genetically Engineered food (GMOs). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric Olsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough read
This is the longest I have ever spent reading a book. It has been at least 6 months since I started reading it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janet S.
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point...
Excellent , Accurate information. This is one worth reading for those that want to know what is happening to our food chain and food supply..
Published 5 months ago by Loving Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Information
I got this book at the same time I ordered The World According To Monsanto DVD (which I have since watched,even though at the time I reviewed the DVD I had not yet watched it). Read more
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