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The World According to Monsanto — See the Video

January 23, 2010

Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. with help from Keon Monroe

On March 11, 2008 French television (ARTE – French-German cultural TV channel) aired The World according to Monsanto by French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin. If you are not already alarmed by Monsanto’s game plan to monopolize global food production with its “trans-genetic” crops, you will be after you’ve watched this documentary. It’s the same thing the big banks are doing – but this is our food. The video takes us on a long journey first through Monsanto’s “seedy” past as a chemical giant which covered up the dangers of its chemical products including PCBs and more recently its herbicide Roundup. The film then follows the company’s metamorphosis as a bio-tech firm specializing in genetically engineered mutations. In its last segments, we can follow Monsanto’s strategy to create a food system requiring Monsanto seeds and Monsanto Round Up – and its not just corn and soy beans.

The documentary features some compelling interviews and scenes of small farmers in Mexico and India who are fighting to survive the multiple economic pressures and poisons imposed by the onslaught of chemically-based monocultures. The only problem with the film is its length; it needs the hand of a good editor – either watch in sections or have lots of (non-GMO) popcorn and (non-high fructose corn syrup) soda on hand. You can watch the film on your computer by going to

After you’ve watch join the Pesticide Action Network’s (PAN) efforts to have the U.S. Department of Justice take forceful action against Monsanto’s monopolistic practices.

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