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The World According to Monsanto Paperback – January 3, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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What an author. How thorough and how courageous. She takes on the Big Boys and gets at the truth from every angle. It shows you true evil and true bravery. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Everyone should read this book! Don't be sheep... all over the world this research is relevant. PLEASE READ!Published 5 months ago by Never home but still want it nice
This text is a well researched and well presented condemnation of one of the greatest public enemies of our times-- Insensitive and criminal Monsanto,not to mention some equally... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alexander Garden Reeves
This was an absolutely amazing book, and as a researcher, I was incredibly impressed at the quantity and quality of her sources. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karl Wheatley
An important piece of legal history was given by Devra Davis about a trial in Alabama over PCB violations by Monsanto. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Larry Barton
For the author's investigative comprehensivity (and travel) I'd give the book five stars. But it seemed that the "evidence" she presented really overwhelmed, and at times... Read morePublished 13 months ago by appleton schneider
This book had to be published in France since no one would dare to write the truth about Monsanto in the US and not expect to disapear from the face of the earth. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Book Reader