The World According to Monsanto
Pollution, Politics and Power
6.25 x 9.5 inches
(xii+376 ) 388 pages
ISBN : 978-81-89487-68-3
For sale only in India and South Asia.
The result of a remarkable three-year-long investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents, 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) – its new and dubious “green” face and its problematic 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 a high percentage of households – and its 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 our food supply.
“The chronicle that Robin unfolds is compelling, persuasive and deeply alarming. It leaves no room for even the most voluble champions of corporate free enterprise to make a case of unfair treatment. The problem in fact is the opposite: of public safety becoming a victim of untrammeled corporate profiteering, of oversight bodies unable to maintain a distance from the companies they regulate and becoming, in effect, accomplices in criminality…. The stakes are high for the world’s farmers, who face a growing imbalance in material and economic assets, and a rapid erosion of life sustaining ecological resources. The battles remain to be joined and Robin’s work is a weapon they could with potentially great efficacy, add to their armoury going forward.”
Sukumar Muraleedharan, The Book Review