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Monsanto's controversial past combines some of the most toxic products ever sold with misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attempted corruption. They now race to genetically engineer (and patent) the world s food supply, which profoundly threatens our health, environment, and economy. Combining secret documents with first-hand accounts by victims, scientists, and politicians, this widely praised film exposes why Monsanto has become the world s poster child for malignant corporate influence in government and technology. A film by Marie-Monique Robin. This DVD also includes a bonus film on rbGH by Jeffrey M. Smith, and the audio CD, Don t Put That in Your Mouth.


The World According to Monsanto is an in-depth look at the domination of the agricultural industry from one of the world s most insidious and powerful companies. A bold, brilliant film and a definite must-see for anyone who is interested in learning more about the multi-billion dollar, omni-powerful, and highly dangerous Monsanto.

French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin spent some 20 years hearing about Monsanto before she set out to understand just what Monsanto was all about. Robin posits that perhaps the company s past can shed some light on what the company is all about today. Monsanto started out as one of the world s largest chemical companies and is responsible for the creation of Agent Orange (used during the Vietnam War), Aspartame, Bovine Growth Hormone, Polystyrene, PCBs and GE crops (genetically-engineered).

No other filmmaker has ever created such a compelling and damning case against Monsanto. The only other individual to come close to exposing the ugly reality of Monsanto s contribution to the planet is best-selling author Jeffrey Smith with his book Seeds of Deception .

Monsanto s leading product is Roundup - the world s best selling herbicide for the last 30 years. Monsanto is also the world s leader in biotechnology, with over 90% of the genetically modified organisms grown on the planet belonging to them. Most are modified to resist the application of Roundup technology

Roundup Ready Soy Beans account for 90% of all the soybeans grown in American.

When Roundup 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. Monsanto was twice found guilty of false advertising. Monsanto has now removed the word biodegradable from its labels.

Monsanto's PCBs also have a lethal legacy. Robin interviews individuals in Pennsylvania who suffered serious health affects from Monsanto s PCB production plant. In 2001, 20,000 residents filed two lawsuits against Monsanto seeking compensation for the negative effects of the PCBs. Monsanto settled by paying $700 million dollars to build a special 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 into the air.

70% of the food in American stores contain bio-engineered elements.

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, less than 12 years later, Roundup Ready Soy Beans account for 90% of all the soybeans grown in American. 70% of the food in American stores contain bio-engineered elements. There is no labeling of genetically modified foods in the USA.

[Filmmaker Maria-Monique Robin] Monsanto also created the controversial Bovine Growth Hormone (rBHG), which is a transgenetic hormone injected into cows to increase milk yield. Monsanto was involved in a major bribery scandal in Canada over their attempts to bribe Health Canada workers into suppressing rBHG data. Eventually, Canada did not approve the drug for use in Canada. The European Parliament has disapproved its use.

Marie-Monique Robin has left no stone unturned in the Monsanto story. She interviews every authority on the subject (both pro and anti-Monsanto), traces American policy-making that allowed Monsanto to prosper and shows how many individuals who have worked to approve the technology.... --Green Muze

By all means, the deluge of damning information, string of political intricacies and overall ominous tone of the latest documentary by French journalist and director Marie-Monique Robin, "The World According to Monsanto," should have put me to sleep. But it didn't. In fact, it kept my stomach literally churning. The film, a National Film Board of Canada co-production, meticulously details the manipulative deeds of Monsanto Co., one of the world's biggest agrochemical-biotech companies, on its route to global domination by tracing a trail of evidence, cover-ups and tragedies from the American heartland and beyond. Notorious for its development of hazardous chemicals such as Agent Orange, PCBs (now banned) and the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), Monsanto is now also known for its monopoly on genetically modified (GM) seeds of food crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans. Despite the uncertainty of the long-term health effects of consuming and growing GM foods, the company's GM seeds are now widespread in much of North and South America. Non-labeling and genetic contamination The film documents the beginnings of the company as a chemical start-up in the early 1900s, producing saccharin, caffeine and vanillin. As we watch Robin Google up unclassified documents and interview a bevy of officials, scientists and farmers, we see that today's Monsanto is a giant multinational wielding its considerable financial, political and marketing clout to influence government officials, ruthlessly sue farmers using patent laws all the while surreptitiously lobbying to keep their potentially toxic products unlabelled or falsely advertised. Monsanto claims that their genetically modified seeds will solve the food crisis, especially in developing countries, where it will provide significant economic benefits, higher quality and better yield. Nevertheless, the film compellingly shows the unsettling possibilities of genetic contamination of conventional or local varieties of seeds by their genetically-engineered cousins, pointing to a horrific future where global plant biodiversity is nil and farmers are not able to grow anything but genetically contaminated food. It's a terrifying thought. But perhaps Monsanto's agenda is even simpler than all their lofty claims put together. As one farmer puts it, "The reason they do it is control. They want to control seed. They want to own life. I mean, this is the building blocks of food we are talking about. They are in the process of owning food, all food." Genetically modified seed "more powerful than bombs" And what of the future of global food security? In one interview, eco-activist Vandana Shiva asserts: "The second Green Revolution has nothing to do with food security ... it is about returns to Monsanto's profits... patenting is the real aim. If you look at Monsanto's research agenda, they are testing something like twenty crops at this point with BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) genes. There's nothing that they are leaving untouched the mustard, the okra, the rice, the brinjal (eggplant), the rice, the cauliflower once they have established the norm that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected, and we will depend on them for every seed we grow, for every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food... it's strategic, it's more powerful than bombs, more powerful than guns, and it's the best way to control the populations of the world." Importance of labelling genetically modified foods Despite the rather dismal picture it paints, the film does an excellent job in digging up and piecing the facts together, much of it easily available online (Robin also wrote a book, Le Monde Selon Monsanto, based on her investigations)... --Montreal Mirror

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  • Actors: Monsanto
  • Directors: Marie-Monique Robin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Yes! Books
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWB0L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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158 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Guy Denutte on December 24, 2009
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The world is considered by Monsanto a playground to spread its poisonous chemicals to make money, without taking any responsibility for the consequences, pretending as long as possible that those are harmless, until all the evidence becomes so overwhelming it's impossible to continue denying it. That is what they did with PCB's. After 50 years of making money, they settled for a few bucks to pay for some of the damage to the survivors. An internal memo revealed the company policy : "We cannot afford to lose one dollar of business". On the other hand, the world certainly could afford to lose Monsanto. It would be a better place. Now, we have PCB's all around the place. All of us - including you and me - have PCB's in our bodies. Even polar bears have PCB's in their blood !

After producing other chemicals, like Agent Orange, Monsanto began focusing on genetic manipulated seeds in the 90's. This would radically change farming. Not to our benefit, but exclusively to the benefit of Monsanto. Therefore, GM seeds only end up producing a lot of despair in farmers all around the world. This video will take you to Mexico, Paraguay and India. You will also see corn farmers in the US, not being able to save their seeds anymore, since their crops were cross-pollinated with Roundup Ready seeds from Monsanto. Monsanto now disposes of a huge force of "detectives", checking American farm ground all over the nation, trespassing private property and stealing samples of the fields in order to check if those happen to include "their patent", and then oblige farmers to settle to pay for it. In a just world, Monsanto would be prosecuted for gene pollution. But that's not the world we live in.
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Marvelous Bunny on May 31, 2009
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The MONSANTO corporation is one of the most Dangerous companies on the planet. The fact that the American Amazon store is selling it for almost a hundred dollars (when you can get it at tthe webstore for much cheaper and at [...] for about 20 dollars) should give you an idea of just how powerful this documentary is.
This documentary has gotten critical acclaim and is very well researched. Monsanto wants to OWN the food chain and if we are not careful they will complete their plans. Remember these are the same people that told us PCB's and Dioxin where good for us. Why is a chemical company given so much power over our food? Why aren't the American people aware of just how much genetically modified organisms are a part of our everyday food? This documentary gives a clear picture of the issues and answers. Please buy it from [...] it is MUCH CHEAPER and they have our best interests at heart.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By CelticWomanFanPiano VINE VOICE on August 26, 2009
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This is a well done film that exposes the recent involvement of Monsanto in PCB Production, Agent Orange creation, Bovine Growth Hormone, and even the new genetically modified seeds. The interviews with involved people are all well done and the material presented in an easily understood fashion. The film does an excellent job of presenting material from all over the world and connecting the dots to Monsanto. Anybody who has been involved with anything in recent times has heard of Monsanto as a multinational corporation, but this film really shows its involvement in policy creation and in contaminating our food supply. It is a must see film.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 19, 2009
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This film needs to be released in the US! It starts with a small town in Alabama at the grave of the "baby brother" of the man being interviewed. The kid died of a series of cancers. Then the director talks to the people in town, largely black. It seems Monsanto made PCBs for years. Yeah, but the company also dropped them into the stream (into which fish died inside of 3 1/2 minutes!) And it buried its wastes, hence the diseases and the citizens having levels of PCBs in their systems at levels sometimes a couple of thousand times over acceptable levels.

Then the film covers its Roundup-immune soybeans--and that farmers even in the US must sign an agreement to NOT use seed from one year's crop to plant for the next years crop. (In other words, they must purchase the seed for the following year, and the following year, and...)

It's incredible, really. The director is a French woman who was using Google throughout the film--a "symbol" of how easy it is to find the information she found--to find law suits filed against Monsanto, or even BY Monsanto (against farmers accused of seeding with the prior year's crop), of allegations against the company, of scientists whose findings were misreprestented by the company.

It's a multi-faceted film. And the director moves from Alabama, to Iowa, to Mexico, the Scotland, to Paraguay, to India. All of these places are highly relevant. Most have laws preventing Monsanto's GMOs (genetically modified organisms)--despite the bribes the company tried to use to get into the countries. In other places, the company's products are genetically mixing with the local crops thereby threatening those crops which have been part of the culture for centuries--and cost much less to produce!
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