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The World According to Monsanto Paperback – January 3, 2012
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Interestingly, it was difficult for me to find a thoroughly-researched and scholarly treatise on Monsanto Corporation as I was doing research for my own book, "Just a Little Bit More: The Culture of Excess and the Fate of the Common Good" (Blue Ocotillo/ACTA, 2014). Few American authors have been willing to take on Monsanto; this French author, with a healthy lack of fear, does so admirably.
Robin covers Monsanto's history with PCBs and other chemicals it has produced over the years (including rBGH, now eliminated in some of the milk sold in the US), the GMO debate, biodiversity and monoculture, government regulation on agribusiness and its employee "revolving door" between the two entities, and other critical topics.
If you're familiar with farming practices in the US, you know that Monsanto's patented soy beans have revolutionized the way farmers work their fields (and in other parts of the world, including - significantly - Brazil and Argentina). Before, "walking beans" (pulling out large weeds) was a necessity prior to harvesting. Nowadays, with Monsanto's "Round Up Ready" soy beans, there's no need. Soybean fields in the Upper Midwest are relatively clean from weeds. But we know that nature always adapts - biodiversity, thankfully, has always ruled and will rule. Weeds will modify themselves and Monsanto will counter by continuing to tweak its product. This dance between nature and this for-profit corporation, Robin argues, ultimately is not beneficial for the well-being of the human family.
As an example, the Green Revolution (roughly 1945-1975) was produced by a public-private partnership helping feed many millions, with important initial funding coming from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Gene Revolution--mostly a private venture, Monsanto at the lead--has similar potential to nourish millions, but the inherent conflict between private profit and social returns obstructs its success. Farmers in poorer countries (especially African)--hindered by exorbitant pricing by for-profit seed companies like Monsanto--are essentially excluded.
Robin's interview with Vandana Shiva, an Indian physicist and ecologist, on the comparison of Monsanto's efforts in India with its patented herbicide-proof cotton seed and the colonial age - "the patenting of life is a continuation of the first colonization" (p. 312)- is wrought with significance and consequence.
We must continue to oppose MONSANTO at every level, using every opportunity to challenge the. They are now attempting to invade Ecuador and I thanks to the worlk of Ms Robin I have a much better chance of getting the message across.
This is probably the best book out there on MONSANTO.
Thank you Ms Robin
Marie-Monique Robin examines multiple impacts of Monsanto's expanding enterprise. Since she produced her important book in 2008, we've witnessed the birth of a global resistance to GMOs, evidenced in new policies, food labeling initiatives and GE-prohibitive farm zoning.
It was difficult to learn about the subversive, invasive, malignant tactics being used to bulldoze local biodiversity and organic choice around the world. If you're an altruistic thinker new to this topic, brace for impact.
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