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The result of a remarkable three-year investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia). 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)--a The result of a remarkable three-year investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia). 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)--and how its new "green" face is no less troubling than its 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 more than 95 percent of American households, and its alarming 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, The World According to Monsanto is sure to change the way we think about food safety and the corporate control of our food supply.


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The result of a remarkable three-year investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia). 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)--a The result of a remarkable three-year investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia). 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)--and how its new "green" face is no less troubling than its 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 more than 95 percent of American households, and its alarming 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, The World According to Monsanto is sure to change the way we think about food safety and the corporate control of our food supply.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Mario the lone bookwolf

    ENGLISH The end of (agrocultural) history? Do DDT, dioxon, agent orange and genetically engineered food fit to one´s diet plan? If one thinks that outside the US one would be immune to the effects of this agricultural policy, it´s a self-deceit. There is hardly any reading as bitter as this revelation of comparatively unknown facts. As the company grows from a small poisoner to a modestly controversial one in his business conduct, one repeatedly stifles one's disbelief while reading. The opening ENGLISH The end of (agrocultural) history? Do DDT, dioxon, agent orange and genetically engineered food fit to one´s diet plan? If one thinks that outside the US one would be immune to the effects of this agricultural policy, it´s a self-deceit. There is hardly any reading as bitter as this revelation of comparatively unknown facts. As the company grows from a small poisoner to a modestly controversial one in his business conduct, one repeatedly stifles one's disbelief while reading. The opening chapters, which deal with the classics of industrial history, namely pollution through corruption and the illness of many people, are a rather old hat. That the half-life of these substances, be it dioxins, DDT, lubricants, pesticides or consorts, is considerable and that many future generations will suffer as a result, can not be emphasized enough. However, it is part of every semi-profitable industry's portfolio to poison the planet sustainably and irreversibly for a very long time, whether it is cyanide leaching in mining, oil sludge recovery in Canada, chlorofluorocarbons, leaded gas, and and and. So far, so well known, so no matter. Not reputable, but throwing garbage in the next gorge is a long lived tradition, given from tycoon to tycoon, probably with a little ceremony. However, it has the advantage that after a few years or at the latest a century, collateral damage in the form of illness and sickness around these application sites decrease, if not disappear. In this respect, there is light at the end of the tunnel and about the first half of the book. However, what happens next, if the modern horsemen of the Apocalypse partly recruited from this so called green genetic engineering, could be considered as potentially fatal. To increase the likelihood of this, here are a few stylistic howlers of the neoliberal economic miracle: When one replicates cows' growth hormones, which they normally only produce for their calves, and then inject them into the animals permanently to increase their milk production, that is highly enterprising. Moreover, to do that although a milk surplus exists for a long time. The fact that consumers of these milk and dairy products are more likely to develop certain types of cancer and that many women consuming milk are many times more likely to have twins speaks for itself. At least one saves the costs of a fertility treatment. A terminator gene owned by Monsanto allows the plant to sterilize its seeds by poisoning at the end of the growth period. The application was refrained because it was classified as too crassly unethical and because the corporation was exposed to a storm of outrage after the announcement to use the technology. Now the development, at least officially, has stopped. Butt the potential for both biological and ethnic warfare could not be negligible. Like the superweeds and super-pests (presumably also super-mushrooms, but nothing like this is mentioned), which after decades of spraying with (sorry, I just cannot resist), super herbicide, insecticides, and fungicides are becoming increasingly multi-drug resistant. The remedy against it? Right, super-super herbicide, pesticides, and fungicides. And super super super as a potential grandchild generation. So if that is not a vicious circle. That incidentally all microorganisms are destroyed in the soil, goes without saying. The patenting of life and living beings, be it flora or fauna, is a booming market thanks to legal loopholes and legal dogdes. This allows corporations to get an exclusive use license for anything that crawls, floats, grows and probably someday speaks. In its natural form, colza is no longer available in the USA because everything is contaminated with genetically modified varieties and the original breed is virtually extinct. The same threatens theoretically all industrially available plant and animal species, the others extinct anyway by themselves trough ecocide. The genes were initially altered with the aid of a so-called "gene gun," which shot DNA into cells with the help of particles. The flaw in it was that the "hits" were always in about the right place at random points because everything was quite small and therefore difficult to aim. Thus, many consequences could be conjured, as in this way always new; random mutations were created. Now with CRISPR scientists can indeed work a lot more responsibly. Nevertheless, nobody knows how the mixture of natural and artificial flora and fauna is currently developing, what will happen and what might happen. However, as the author says so appropriate: "Go on; there's nothing to see here." Finally, something to the thesis that the most substantial species extinction of all time would have occurred long ago as a result of volcanic eruptions or meteorite impacts and extinguished about 70 percent of all plant and animal species. That´s nothing, humankind creates a multiple of that with described techniques. A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this, yuck, ugh, boo, completely overrated real-life outside books: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsant... GERMAN Das Ende der (Agrar)Geschichte? Entsprechen DDT, Dioxin, Agent Orange und gentechnisch veränderte Lebensmittel Ihrem Ernährungsplan? Sie denken in Europa wären wir vor den Auswirkungen dieser auf die USA und den Rest der Welt beschränkten Unsitten gefeit? So bitter wie diese Offenbarung verhältnismäßig unbekannter Fakten stößt kaum eine Lektüre auf. Wie ein Konzern vom kleinen Giftmischer zu einem, in seinem Geschäftsgebaren dezent umstrittenen, Multi heranwächst lässt einen vor Unglauben wiederholt während des Lesens stocken. Wobei die Anfangskapitel, in denen es um die Klassiker der Industriegeschichte, namentlich Umweltverschmutzung dank Korruption samt Krankmachung etlicher Menschen geht, ein eher alter Hut sind. Dass die Halbwertszeit dieser Stoffe, seien es Dioxine, DDT, Schmiermittel, Pestizide oder Konsorten beträchtlich ist und Generationen daran zu leiden haben werden, kann man nicht oft genug betonen. Allerdings gehört es in das Portfolio jedes halbwegs ertragreichen Industriezweigs den Planeten nachhaltig zu vergiften, sei es Cyanidlaugung beim Bergbau, Ölschlammgewinnung in Kanada, Fluorchlorkohlenwasserstoffe, verbleites Benzin und und und. Soweit, so bekannt, so egal. Alles nicht ganz koscher, aber den Müll einfach in die nächste Schlucht zu werfen hat einfach Tradition. Es birgt aber doch den Vorteil in sich, dass nach einigen Jährchen oder spätestens Jahrhundertchen Kollateralschäden in Form von Krankheit und Siechtum rund um diese Ausbringungsstätten abnehmen, wenn nicht gar verschwinden. Insofern gibt es Licht am Ende des Tunnels und etwa ersten Hälfte des Buches. Was allerdings dann kommt könnte man in fernerer Zukunft, sollten sich die modernen Reiter der Apokalypse teilweise aus dieser grünen Gentechnik rekrutieren, als potentiell apokalyptisch bezeichnen. Um die Wahrscheinlichkeit dafür zu steigern, hier ein paar Stilblüten des neoliberalen Wirtschaftswunders: Wenn man Wachstumshormone von Kühen nachbaut, die diese normalerweise nur für ihre Kälber produzieren, um sie dann permanent zur Steigerung der Milchproduktion den Tieren mittels Injektionen zu verabreichen, ist das überaus geschäftstüchtig. Und das obwohl seit langer Zeit ein Milchüberschuss besteht. Dass die Konsumenten dieser Milch und Milchprodukte wesentlich häufiger an bestimmten Krebsarten erkranken und viel Milch konsumierende Frauen um ein vielfaches häufiger Zwillinge bekommen spricht für sich. Ein Terminator- Gen, in dessen Besitz Monsanto ist, ermöglicht es, dass die Pflanze nach Ende der Fruchtperiode ihre eigenen Samen durch Bildung eines Giftes sterilisiert. Die Anwendung wurde aber mit offizieller Stellungnahme als dann doch zu krass unethisch unterlassen. Der Konzern sah sich nach Bekanntgabe der Pläne die Technologie einzusetzen einem Empörungssturm ausgesetzt. Jetzt liegt sie, zumindest offiziell, auf Eis. Das Potential für biologische Kriegsführung dürfte auch nicht unbeträchtlich sein. Wie auch die Superunkräuter und Superschädlinge (vermutlich auch Superpilze, aber von denen wird nichts erwähnt), die nach jahrzehntelangem Besprühen mit (Entschuldigung, ich kann es mir einfach nicht verkneifen), Superherbiziden, -Insektiziden und –Fungiziden immer multiresistenter werden. Die Abhilfe dagegen? Richtig ,Supersuperherbizide,-Insektizide und Fungizide. Also wenn das mal kein Teufelskreis ist. Dass nebenbei sämtliche Mikroorganismen im Boden zerstört werden, versteht sich von selbst. Die Patentierung von Leben und Lebewesen, seien es Flora oder Fauna, ist dank Gesetzeslücken und juristischer Winkelzüge ein boomender Markt. Das ermöglicht es Konzernen, sich eine exklusive Nutzungsgenehmigung für alles was da kreucht, fleucht und wächst zu genehmigen. Raps gibt es in seiner natürlichen Form in den USA nicht mehr, da alles mit gentechnisch veränderten Sorten verunreinigt und die Ursorte damit quasi ausgestorben ist. Gleiches droht theoretisch allen industriell nutzbaren Pflanzen- und Tierarten, die anderen sterben ohnehin von selbst aus. Die Gene wurden anfänglich unter Zuhilfenahme einer sogenannten „Genkanone“, die DNA mit Hilfe von Partikeln in Zellen schoss, verändert. Der Schönheitsfehler daran war, dass die „Treffer“ immer im ungefähr richtigen Bereich an zufälligen Punkten lagen, weil alles doch recht klein und es somit schwer zu zielen war. Somit konnten mannigfache Konsequenzen heraufbeschworen werden, da auf diese Weise immer neue, zufällige Mutationen entstanden. Jetzt mit CRISPR können die Wissenschaftler sicher viel verantwortungsbewusster arbeiten. Trotzdem weiß niemand, wie sich die Vermischung von natürlicher und künstlicher Tier- und Pflanzenwelt momentan gestaltet, gestalten wird und was alles passieren könnte. Aber wie sagt die Autorin so passend: „Gehen sie weiter, es gibt hier nichts zu sehen.“ Abschließend etwas zu der These, das größte Artensterben aller Zeiten hätte vor Urzeiten in Folge von Vulkanausbrüchen oder Meteoriteneinschlägen stattgefunden und rund 70 Prozent aller Tier- und Pflanzenarten ausgelöscht. Kindergeburtstag, der Mensch schafft mit eben geschilderten Winkelzügen das Doppelte!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    From PCBs to dioxin to Agent Orange, Monsanto has had its dirty little fingers in many poisonous pies. Their evil empire now spans the globe. I can't prove it, but I'm pretty sure both Dick Cheney and Lord Voldemort must be on its Board of Directors. From PCBs to dioxin to Agent Orange, Monsanto has had its dirty little fingers in many poisonous pies. Their evil empire now spans the globe. I can't prove it, but I'm pretty sure both Dick Cheney and Lord Voldemort must be on its Board of Directors.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carey Shea

    I have a personal interest in this book since my father and stepmother worked there their whole careers. Monsanto was really good to them and got great retirement packages out of working there. I tried to recommend it to them but my responce from my Dad was "Not at all interested. It's a hatchet job by a flaming liberal. Naturally. Daily Kos would like it because it fits their anti- American anti- capitalist agenda." As you can tell he is a serious Republican and sees things like that as lies. I I have a personal interest in this book since my father and stepmother worked there their whole careers. Monsanto was really good to them and got great retirement packages out of working there. I tried to recommend it to them but my responce from my Dad was "Not at all interested. It's a hatchet job by a flaming liberal. Naturally. Daily Kos would like it because it fits their anti- American anti- capitalist agenda." As you can tell he is a serious Republican and sees things like that as lies. I told him I was going to read the book anyway and he was not too happy. I am 14% done and it is a real eye opener. I have read things about Monsanto for years in not so positive light. This book is great because it starts at the start of the company and how they have changed over the years. Plus all the toxins they made which they ignored or tried to hide while the toxins were killing lots of people. I am at the point now where they talk about Agent Orange. This book is really interesting so far and I have to recommend it for people who are worried about food safety and left over toxins. In addition, they bring up the pollution problem of dumping toxic waste (PCBs) into nearby streams and land fills in Anniston, Alabama. These PCBs were dumped in the poor side of town where there are mostly black folks. Their hogs would inject the PCBs and would become sick and die as well as the people becoming very sick and some dying. Monsanto-Solutia had been doing the dumping since the 1930's and stopped in 1972. The PCB's have leaked from the dump fields and the creeks and rivers no longer have fish and aquatic animals. There was a class-action suit where Johnny Cochran represented 18,000 plaintiffs who lived near Snow Creek and the Choccolocco Creek and testified they had serious medical problems like cancer, liver disease, neurological disorders and heart disease. Johnny Cochran won $700 million for the people. Monsanto denies that PCBs cause serious problems to people who lived near the chemical plant. In a court case in 2001, Owens v. Monsanto, Monsanto only agrees that it can cause cloracne (a serious skin disease). Monsanto says it is easily treatable. Monsanto was ordered to do a clean-up with a 'special master' overseeing the project. There have been other lawsuits against Monsanto from individual people in Anniston. Some are still pending. I am 25% done. What I have to say so far is Shame on Monsanto (sorry Dad and Betty). The truth hurts. They even had the EPA on their side based on the lies Monsanto told them about their own scientific research. I can't believe the EPA just disregarded the whistle-blowers and the data they came up with. There are studies of these toxic chemicals being done all over the world. Monsanto just disregards them, period. At this point I am on the production of rBST's (Bovine somatotropin) which is a peptide hormone that affects the pituitary gland. This hormone is supposed to increase cows milk production. The problem is that it creates severe mastitis in cows where the teats get swollen and extracts pus. The brand name for rBST is Posilac. This causes 40% reduction in fertility and 55% increased risk of developing clinical signs of lameness. This study reported a decrease in body condition score for cows treated with rBST even though there was an increase in their dry matter intake. The European Union commission's statement, subsequently adopted by the European Union, stated that the use of rBST substantially increased health problems with cows, including foot problems, mastitis and injection site reactions, impinged on the welfare of the animals and caused reproductive disorders. On September 30, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, analyzing evidence submitted in briefs, found that there is a "compositional difference" between milk from rBGH-treated cows and milk from untreated cows. The court stated that milk from rBGH-treated cows has: increased levels of the hormone Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1); higher fat content and lower protein content when produced at certain points in the cow's lactation cycle; and more somatic cell counts, which may "make the milk turn sour more quickly." Many countries have now banned the use of Posilac or any other rBST product sold by other companies. It seems like it never ends with Monsanto and their denials and outright lies. They have very close connections with the EPA, FDA and other organizations and last but not least politicians. Outside scientists doing studies on Monsanto products end up getting their projects cancelled and are forced to retire or resign. Every outside scientific research project and even individual people (like small farmers) are very afraid of Monsanto and what they can do to their livelyhood. I am 49% done. I'm am now at the point where they are about to import Roundup Ready soybeans. Independant studies by well know scientists have been researched with negative outcomes in the studies in animals (rats mostly). As soon as they find something negative, the studies are cancelled and the scientists are forced out of their jobs. However, Monsanto's own scientists have positive outcomes. Monsanto must have a great law team because they are able to scare other organizations to make them look clean. One case worth mentioning is of a famous European scientist from Rowett Institute who had done research on dioxin (I think) and found all kinds of problems with it. He said that Monsanto's own scientists did not do their research correctly and basically skimmed over the research. The scientist wrote an article about his findings and gave a large presentation on TV about what he found. Afterwards, his boss came up to him with congratulations on a job well done. Said he was brilliant, etc. etc. 2 days later his boss fired him and the scientist said he looked as though he had been threatened. Monsanto is dirty, very dirty! I am 67% done. I am at the point where Argentina has opened it's arms to transgenic soybeans. Where people once used to grow corn, regular soybeans, vegetables, etc. is now a vast land of transgenic soybeans. Of course, they have to use Roundup to spray the plants. At the beginning, they would only have to spray twice but as time went on the weeds become resistant to it and have to spray more and more. After a while, it gets into the soil and the land becomes barren and lacking the neccessary nutrients to keep these soybeans growing. Eventually, they have to stop farming. Since the land is now a wasteland nothing can grow in it. Also, people in the area are getting sick from all the spraying and some have died to extreme exposure to the Roundup. They talk about sojeros in Argentina that go to peoples homes and ask to lease their land for soybeans and pays them a good sum. The small farmers take the money but eventially realize they made a big mistake. They plant the soybeans and at the beginning they only need to spray twice. As time goes on the weeds become resistant to the Roundup and they have to spray more frequently at higher doses. It starts to affect the crops (they get smaller) because that amount of Roundup leaves the soil barren and lacking essential nutrients. After the sojeros use the land they give it back to the small farmer but now he cannot grow anything on his land as it is barren. They have no way to make money so they are forced to move to the city slums. Then there is the government and private sectors who deforest the rare trees in that area so they can grow more soybeans. So now as you are driving in that area (the author says) all you can see is soybeans as far as the eye can see. At one point, seeds suddenly started appearing in Paraguay without their knowledge. Farmers started taking the sacks of seeds and planting them not knowing where they came from. Some felt it was a trap set by Monsanto. Now most of South America is growing these Roundup Raady soybeans. I am afraid to eat soybeans now. You know our grocery stores produce are full of Roundup, genetically and otherwise. One thing that bugs me is that Monsanto claims that Roundup is good for the environment and causes no problems. Monsanto has never suggested protective gear for people who spray tons of Roundup over very large crops. One boy in Argentina who was walking home from the market where he bought meat and noodles was suddenly sprayed with Roundup by a soybean field. He was soaked through. As soon as he got home he told his mother he wasn't feeling well and had migraines, nausea, red swollen eyes and joint pain. To make matters worse, the family ate the meat and noodles at dinner. Now everyone was sick. The boy kept getting worse and worse and he had to go to the hospital for 7 weeks in intensive care. He came back home and things got a little better until he was sprayed again only this time he died. The family sued (not sure if they sued the government, Monsanto or some FDA type organisation)and won. The same thing happened to another boy who got sprayed in the area and he died. The family could not afford to sue so they did nothing. Monsanto still denies any problems as always. The company is bulletproof and use money given to politicians, federal agencies and so on so they will praise them on what great work they are doing. They sue anyone at the drop of a hat. Monsanto is just that powerful. It's really very scary. Now I am finished with the book. The rest of the book talks about India and how they adopted Roundup Ready cotton (Indias main staple), Advertisements are all over the TV's since Monsanto hired Bollywood actors to make a fun and jumpy ad. They claimed that they will get higher yields of cotton and they only have to spray 2-3 times during the growing cycle. They said it was environmentally safe, etc. The Indians really bought into that promise but soon they regretted it. The cotton that was grown was smaller in size and not the right consistency. They could not sell it because cotton dealers would not buy it saying the cotton lacked fibers of normal cotton. Now these farmers are in deep debt because the seeds are 10 times more expensive than regular seeds. The author went to a lot of villages where small farmers had huge debts and she talked to them. They said Monsanto lied to them and that their crops are worthless. The big issue there was that farmers started killing themselves and I mean thousands of them ever since the introduction of the cotton seeds. I got the impression from the book that most of these people who committed suicide died by poison. They drank whole bottles of pesticide at an alarming rate. I think the people of India are very proud people and they could not handle the stress of their livelihood. They would rather die than be embarrased. One thing I never got an answer to in the book is if Monsanto ever admitted to the dangers of Agent Orange. I guess I will do my own research on that. This book is a must read. It is tough reading as there is a lot of scientific data and details of research. The author spend years on the road going from one country to another and one remote village to another looking for answers. She interviewed so many crucial people I could not keep track of them all. This book is very thorough and she says it like it is. Well, the thing is you hardly ever hear what she has to say just that she asks questions to the people she interviews. What out for Monsanto! They are VERY clever, corrupt and liars. This reminds me of the book 1984 by George Orwell and Monsanto is Big Brother.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Author researched this company for 4 years and it shows. She has an impressive wealth of knowledge. Some of the syntax isn't perfect, and I could tell this book was translated, but generally the writing and translation were nicely done and not too obtrusive. Organization was good; first, we started off by examining different products of Monsanto (such as dioxin, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, and Roundup). That's all I have to say about the value of the book; let's talk about some substanc Author researched this company for 4 years and it shows. She has an impressive wealth of knowledge. Some of the syntax isn't perfect, and I could tell this book was translated, but generally the writing and translation were nicely done and not too obtrusive. Organization was good; first, we started off by examining different products of Monsanto (such as dioxin, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, and Roundup). That's all I have to say about the value of the book; let's talk about some substance. Below are some things I found memorable/worth reading about. -----------THE COMPANY----------- >> This is the company that brought you dioxin, Agent Orange, DDT, asparatame, and the bovine growth hormone. Here be Satan. >> Also responsible for the spread of PCBs (used as industrial coolants), which are now in all of us. Even though PCB use has lowered, because they get passed on from mother to child. They cause cancers, neurological problems, and hormone imbalances. >> Cate Jenkins and William Sanjour are whistleblowers who worked for EPA (which covered for Monsanto); Richard Burroughs was a whistleblower of the FDA about bovine growth hormone (rGBH), created by Monsanto and covered up by the EPA; Jane Akre and Steve Wilson were Fox News reporters who were threatened and bribed by Fox (which received large funding from Monsanto in the form of advertisements) into hiding their report on rGBH. In light of all that, Marie-Monique Robin is gutsy as hell for taking this project on, knowing everything she could risk. >> Monsanto and the EPA, as well as Monsanto and the FDA, have a revolving door where the same people who work at Monsanto now work at the top level of the government agencies-- which alone should raise some huge red flags. >> Somewhat unrelated, but Dr. Cecil Drinker (of Harvard) came up in the course of the discussions about PCBs. Basically, he did a study that said PCBs are harmful when everyone else claimed they were safe as houses. This is only remarkable because I know his name from another book I read this year- Radium Girls (he was among the first to examine the girls and declare radium harmful). I love it when a small piece of information in my reading overlaps. Makes me feel like I actually learn shit from all these books I read. -----------BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE----------- [aka rGBH aka rBST] >> Monsanto put milk and meat treated with bovine growth hormone (rGBH) on the market before getting any approval for the hormone. In fact, the FDA had warned them they needed to do further studies before they would get approval; they ignored this, and put the milk and meat from their experimental herds on the market. They also treated the experimental herds with antibiotics, some of which were approved for use for human consumption, some of which weren’t. All on the sly and completely illegal. But were they penalized? No. See above: revolving door. >> rGBH straight up causes cancer. rGBH metabolizes into IGF-1 (growth hormone made in both cows and humans). Studies show that people with elevated levels of IGF-1 have much higher risks of cancer (growth hormone stimulates the growth of all cells, including cancerous ones). Consuming dairy products since the addition of rGBH to the milk supply leads to increased cancer. >> FDA recommends not labeling natural milk as “rBGH-free.” When companies using non-GBH milk tried to label it that way anyway, Monsanto sued, harassed, and manipulated them until they put an asterisk on it. If you read containers obsessively like I do, you'll note that if it DOES say “made with milk from cows not treated with rBGH”, there is ALWAYS an asterisk, and at the bottom of the container it’ll say "the FDA has found no significant difference between milk from cows treated with rBST and nontreated cows.” >> Monsanto is smart. If you’re a dairy farmer and want to try out rGBH on your cows, you have to sign a confidentiality agreement. That way, when you see your cows get sick and your milk get full of pus, and you switch back to natural milk, you can’t tell people about what happened- or they’ll sue you and take everything. -----------GMOs & ROUNDUP----------- >> "Roundup Ready" (hereafter referred to as "RR") soybeans really are the most ingenious product. First, create Roundup, a chemical to kill all plants, including but not limited to its objective, weeds. Then, create genetically modified soybeans that survive the spraying of Roundup- now you have people buying two of your products on a massive scale. >> Roundup, the “safe for humans, animals, and the environment” herbicide, fucks with cell regeneration controls and basically initiates the first stage of cancer. Even at concentrations thousands of times more diluted than the recommended use in agriculture/gardening. It also causes severe poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, vomiting, respiratory problems, vision problems, severe bleeding, birth defects and miscarriages, and even death. The US government, charmers that they are, conspired with the Colombian government to spray Roundup over coca fields (to prevent it from being turned into cocaine) and the surrounding areas from 2000-2006, which poisoned hundreds of thousands of Colombians. They call Roundup “Colombia’s Agent Orange.” >> The science behind GMOs like RR crops is pretty biased. There’s no funding for truly independent research; the research is funded by biotech corps or by the federal government, which, see above: not exactly independent from Monsanto. >> Monsanto representative told a farmer, “We own you—we own anybody that buys our Roundup Ready products.” >> An opinion by SCOTUS deciding in favor of the patenting of seeds was written by Justice Thomas- who (this was news to me) used to be an attorney for Monsanto. >> Monsanto requires farmers who purchase its seeds to promise not to use the seeds the crop generates as next year’s seed, forcing them to re-buy seed every year (normally, farmers would reuse seeds from last year). Monsanto has the Pinkerton detective agency on retainer to act as the “gene police” on these “pirates.” The problem is, where in reality upwards of 80% of crops are Monsanto’s RR crops, even if you don’t use Monsanto’s seed, odds are pretty good your neighbor does, and cross-contamination is super easy. And the courts don’t care; even if only 15% of your crop is RR and you’ve never bought RR before (all suggesting this was a result of cross-contamination), you’re still liable. And Monsanto will take everything. To avoid this, some farmers are forced to switch crops to avoid cross-contamination, but it’s spreading; some might cave and buy the seeds every year to avoid being accused of recycling the seeds. Crop biodiversity is disappearing. It’s happening in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, India. At some point, Monsanto could control essentially the whole world’s food supply. >>RR crops sometimes cross-pollinate with weed species, which means farmers need to use more herbicide to kill them (some weeds are now resistant to herbicides even when administered at ten times the recommended dose), which is . . . yeah, even worse for the environment. -----------CONCLUSIONS----------- Monsanto is going to be our doom. Carry on. ~~~~~~READ HARDER CHALLENGE~~~~~~ #6: A book about nature

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book was quite scary. The book is the result of investigative journalism of the megacorporation, Monsanto. It explores the company's history since before the Vietnam War. Topics include PCBs (which the company discovered), Agent Orange (which the company was a major manufacturer), DDT, bovine growth hormones, Roundup, and transgenic crops (Roundup Ready soy, corn, cotton etc.). The picture is bleak. It follows the revolving door of company executives and their path from Monsanto to the regu This book was quite scary. The book is the result of investigative journalism of the megacorporation, Monsanto. It explores the company's history since before the Vietnam War. Topics include PCBs (which the company discovered), Agent Orange (which the company was a major manufacturer), DDT, bovine growth hormones, Roundup, and transgenic crops (Roundup Ready soy, corn, cotton etc.). The picture is bleak. It follows the revolving door of company executives and their path from Monsanto to the regulatory agencies of the FDA, EPA and even the Whitehouse. The science of all of their products are questionable and when others raise the alarm they are fired, discredited and pushed to the side. Their reach permeates the globe. The last several chapters follow the effects of the transgenic crops around the world and the effects of those in third world countries that Monsanto claims to try to help and that their crops will eliminate hunger and poverty. I cannot wait to look at her sources but if what she says is even a fraction true, things don't look good. This book makes me want to grow my own food.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emil

    I'll try to be as concise as I can be: this book is outstanding. Sure, it's not the best stylistic read in the whole world, cause let's be honest, this is mostly about learning facts, stories and statistics. It's not a Ryszard Kapuściński book, to make it clear. But that's why it's so good: the book gives you everything it promises and what it stands for. Everything (or at least, a clear small side of the story) about Monsanto is in here, but what I really liked about it was that inside so many I'll try to be as concise as I can be: this book is outstanding. Sure, it's not the best stylistic read in the whole world, cause let's be honest, this is mostly about learning facts, stories and statistics. It's not a Ryszard Kapuściński book, to make it clear. But that's why it's so good: the book gives you everything it promises and what it stands for. Everything (or at least, a clear small side of the story) about Monsanto is in here, but what I really liked about it was that inside so many statistical facts and veridic (horrifying) stories, you could not only see the hidden face of a corporate giant like Monsanto: it actually feels like one of the clearest depiction of the inner mechanisms of power ever told. If anyone is interested about learning how this world works, and how it has worked ever since governments work along corporations, they should read this book. The only problem is you won't be able to trust your food anymore, and believe me that's a nightmare so big, you actually just end up ignoring it. But it keeps eating you inside.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    In a nutshell, Monsanto has immense power and is accountable to no-one. They have exposed us all to PCBs, herbicides, dioxins and bovine growth hormones while being fully aware of the harmfulness of these substances. It's profit at any price. As one quote in the book says, Monsanto is, 'A calmly arrogant company heedlessly profiting from the suffering of victims and the destruction of ecosystems.' Monsanto knew that PCBs were harmful way back in 1937. They have falsified studies and concealed the In a nutshell, Monsanto has immense power and is accountable to no-one. They have exposed us all to PCBs, herbicides, dioxins and bovine growth hormones while being fully aware of the harmfulness of these substances. It's profit at any price. As one quote in the book says, Monsanto is, 'A calmly arrogant company heedlessly profiting from the suffering of victims and the destruction of ecosystems.' Monsanto knew that PCBs were harmful way back in 1937. They have falsified studies and concealed the evidence which didn't suit their bottom line, and the sold-out FDA and EPA lend them an aura of respectability that most people accept at face value, and so their destruction of our environment and our health continues unabated. We can't say we didn't know with the information in this book so clearly presented and we must try to stop (somehow) Monsanto getting control of our seeds and so our entire food supply as is their current completely terrifying aim. This just can't be allowed to happen. For information on how to undo some of the damage caused by pesticides, PCBs, dioxins and other toxic compounds (which underlie so many diseases) I also recommend the excellent book Detoxify or Die by Dr Sherry Rogers. Equally important is avoiding contaminated and GMO foods (especially growth hormone containing milk) as much as possible. This book is very well done and is so needed. I hope this book is as widely read as it deserves to be. Finally some real investigative journalism - such a rare thing these days. Thank goodness for books, and libraries! Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gina Whitlock

    Monsanto has brought dangerous and lethal products to our universe without a shred of decency, thought or care of humanity. I became so angry reading this book that I could only do a chapter every couple of days. It's like a horror science fiction, but it's true and happening. I will only buy organic produce from now on, but I won't be sure it's not GMO. This book makes me scared to go into a grocery store and in so doing, poison myself. Monsanto executives infiltrated into the EPA and EPA retir Monsanto has brought dangerous and lethal products to our universe without a shred of decency, thought or care of humanity. I became so angry reading this book that I could only do a chapter every couple of days. It's like a horror science fiction, but it's true and happening. I will only buy organic produce from now on, but I won't be sure it's not GMO. This book makes me scared to go into a grocery store and in so doing, poison myself. Monsanto executives infiltrated into the EPA and EPA retirees were hired by Monsanto. The EPA has protected Monsanto every step of the way, lying to US citizens, and taking as fact all the "studies" that Monsanto has produced, not real scientific studies. I personally think they are the most evil and corrupt company in the world. They've brought us: Dioxin Agent Orange Round Up GMOs Seed Control Patents Over Food Control

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    For a long time I've heard "Monsanto-is-evil" type comments and didn't really know much about the company or the fuss. I was wary of reading a one-sided expose on Monsanto but this book was not the mass hysteria book that I'm sure people could write on the company. It was well-researched, thorough and provided a broad basis for why one could really come to the conclusion that Monsanto is really something that a reasonable person could conclude is "evil" (note the book doesn't actually say this). For a long time I've heard "Monsanto-is-evil" type comments and didn't really know much about the company or the fuss. I was wary of reading a one-sided expose on Monsanto but this book was not the mass hysteria book that I'm sure people could write on the company. It was well-researched, thorough and provided a broad basis for why one could really come to the conclusion that Monsanto is really something that a reasonable person could conclude is "evil" (note the book doesn't actually say this). It is well worth the read - I like that there's an in-depth scientific explanation of trials, GM products, along with the problems of regulatory bodies/revolving doors between government/corporations, etc. The book made me feel angry, troubled and informed. Two criticisms of the book would be that: - It was hard to read in a few places (long lists of people/dates): some diagrams of key people/timelines for reference would have helped. - I really would have liked to have had pro-GM and pro-Monsanto opinions covered, or read a response from others who disagree with her research covered in the book, just in case the book is leading you astray with conclusions. Well worth reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marzie

    A harrowing look at the monopolization and monoculturization of our food supply by Monsanto. The book, companion to the equally harrowing film, will make you question everything that you have ever heard from Monsanto about both their intentions and the safety of their products, whether chemical or genetically engineered. Fined again and again for fraud, for bribery, and for negligence, it is simply extraordinary that the revolving door of Monsanto employees entering public service at the FDA, US A harrowing look at the monopolization and monoculturization of our food supply by Monsanto. The book, companion to the equally harrowing film, will make you question everything that you have ever heard from Monsanto about both their intentions and the safety of their products, whether chemical or genetically engineered. Fined again and again for fraud, for bribery, and for negligence, it is simply extraordinary that the revolving door of Monsanto employees entering public service at the FDA, USDA and EPA continues even to the present day. Everyone should read this book or see the film at http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc...#. Exploring subjects just touched upon briefly in the 2008 Oscar nominated Food Inc, Robin pulls back the curtain and shows us the spin wizards at Monsanto for what they really are... I'd have given it five stars if the editing and translation from the French were better. It's still worth your reading time and I especially encourage people to see the film...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Henry

    I give it 5 stars for research but only 3 for readability. I had to make myself read it as it has an overwhelming amount of details! I think the message that Monsanto is messing with our food chain is very important so I wish the author had written in a more engaging manor. I must say that I had no idea how Monsanto is impacting food world-wide. I thought it was just a US problem but it is destroying other nations agriculture faster than our. If you care about food politics this is the book for I give it 5 stars for research but only 3 for readability. I had to make myself read it as it has an overwhelming amount of details! I think the message that Monsanto is messing with our food chain is very important so I wish the author had written in a more engaging manor. I must say that I had no idea how Monsanto is impacting food world-wide. I thought it was just a US problem but it is destroying other nations agriculture faster than our. If you care about food politics this is the book for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    There are few topics on this earth that get me as riled up as talking or reading about Monsanto and what they have done to ruin so many things on this planet!! Rather than make myself out to sound like a crazy person ranting on about the under-handed horrible way this company is hurting us all, I will just say this: Anyone curious as to how one company could {very} possibly bring on a world-wide famine? Ever wondered why there seems to be so much more cancer and other diseases being diagnosed the There are few topics on this earth that get me as riled up as talking or reading about Monsanto and what they have done to ruin so many things on this planet!! Rather than make myself out to sound like a crazy person ranting on about the under-handed horrible way this company is hurting us all, I will just say this: Anyone curious as to how one company could {very} possibly bring on a world-wide famine? Ever wondered why there seems to be so much more cancer and other diseases being diagnosed these days? It's not just early detection/advanced medical science. Want to see how the FDA {and the entire government for that matter} is so corrupted that it is no longer an organization working to protect us as individuals, but to protect the interests of this fiendish company? {revolving doors, anyone?} If these pique your curiosity, and you can get yourself through all the dry writing full of facts - you will then realize that the facts are what it is all about, and they are pretty damning. Robin went to painstaking effort to collect every tidbit of evidence to affirm that this company should be - literally - nipped in the bud. Or rather, as it's already entrenched, uprooted and burned! Support organic, locally grown produce, ya'll! I used to make fun of the whole organic scene, then I watched Food, Inc. and it started me on a whole new path. Grow a vegetable garden. Teach your kids that real food doesn't come out of a box. We as the consumer have so much power.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Surfing Moose

    Quite an examination of Monsanto and quite one sided (but there really didn't seem to be another side and Monsanto did decline to participate). This book was an eye opener as to how as a person my rights are being eroded for profit, bad science, and little or no foresight as to GMO's effects on the environment and humanity. And this coming from someone who considers them-self a moderate. Okay that really wasn't a review of the book itself but after reading the book I'm pissed off and confused as Quite an examination of Monsanto and quite one sided (but there really didn't seem to be another side and Monsanto did decline to participate). This book was an eye opener as to how as a person my rights are being eroded for profit, bad science, and little or no foresight as to GMO's effects on the environment and humanity. And this coming from someone who considers them-self a moderate. Okay that really wasn't a review of the book itself but after reading the book I'm pissed off and confused as to why this is allowed to happen without (major) repercussions to the perpetrators.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This book efficiently and compellingly lays out the record of atrocities perpetrated by Monsanto and their ilk, from the role they played in the development and promotion of Agent Orange, to the insidious and ongoing power grab on the global food supply. The only downside of this book is that it could have discussed the commonalities between the profit-driven, anti-democratic behavior of Monsanto and other multinationals, however this might fit better in a sequel...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Like Marie Monique Robin, I do not want to live in the world according to Monsanto. A world where ethics are subjugated to the pursuit of profit at any cost. Ever since reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson I have steered clear of pesticides, herbicides and GM foods for health and environmental reasons. I expected to read in this book about the risks of genetic engineering and the increase in use of Round Up as a result of the introduction of Monsanto's RoundUp Ready canola and soy. She covered Like Marie Monique Robin, I do not want to live in the world according to Monsanto. A world where ethics are subjugated to the pursuit of profit at any cost. Ever since reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson I have steered clear of pesticides, herbicides and GM foods for health and environmental reasons. I expected to read in this book about the risks of genetic engineering and the increase in use of Round Up as a result of the introduction of Monsanto's RoundUp Ready canola and soy. She covered these topics well and gave me much new evidence to use to explain why I eat organic. But...what took me by surprise is that this company has such a disturbingly chequered history. Agent Orange, PCBs, bovine growth hormone... a pattern emerges.. the reckless and ruthless marketing of high risk chemicals to the detriment of human and animal health. Opponents are buried. Scientific independence is subverted. Regulators are bought. I was always against the introduction of GMO's to Australia, a country with the opportunity to remain clean through its geographic isolation. This book has given me so much more information on the known problems with this technology that there is a risk I will turn into an anti-GM activist! The translation from the French is well done. The book is easy to read, although it does seem to try to cram too much into the last few chapters. Some judicious editing could have helped there. In summary, this is an important book that deserves to be widely read. Robin even manages to provide some hope in the final pages; hope that such practices are not sustainable; that Monsanto will have to run hard to escape the repurcussions of its past behaviour. The sins of the fathers may well be the downfall of the sons, as litigation mounts, investors turn to ethical investment strategies and consumer demands for clean healthy food grow louder.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The content of this book was revealing, shocking and quite frightening, but considering the hold that huge multinational companies have on almost every aspect of life, and considering how their only driving force is profit, profit and more profit, I don't think I found the content of this book that surprising. I know only a little about GM crops, and therefore I wouldn't say I was particularly well informed, but the cover-ups, lies, corruption and bullying tactics undertaken by Monsanto would pu The content of this book was revealing, shocking and quite frightening, but considering the hold that huge multinational companies have on almost every aspect of life, and considering how their only driving force is profit, profit and more profit, I don't think I found the content of this book that surprising. I know only a little about GM crops, and therefore I wouldn't say I was particularly well informed, but the cover-ups, lies, corruption and bullying tactics undertaken by Monsanto would put me off anything the company does even if the GM issue wasn't involved. Technically, this book did lack. That could be in part because the author's native language is French, or it just could be one of those things. Sadly, I also listened to it on audio. The narrator spoke in a monotone, and I found the endless repetition of "quote...unquote...quote...unquote...quote...unquote" highly distracting and unnecessary. Similarly, the spelling out of people's names was also incredibly distracting. For some names I understood, but there were names which were obvious and really didn't require spelling out by the narrator. Surely that could have been managed better - a website with the names listed perhaps? I have listened to a lot of non-fiction on audio and I have never come across this before and never felt I needed it. I don't think I needed it here. On the plus side though, listening to this book has encouraged me to learn more and try to understand better and Goodreads is great for that with it's recommendations. Of course, it means my reading list grows by the day, but isn't that what a book like this is trying to achieve? Getting people to become more informed about who controls the world they live in and then perhaps make better choices in their lives.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Rex

    Highly relevant investigative journalism into a company that many probably have no idea who they are (Roundup is their most common product, if you are wondering). Monsanto is one of the sketchiest companies ever. This book examines its ultra-sketchy past (Agent Orange and rBGH being 2 of their more notorious product) and the increasing amount of control they are obtaining over the world's food supply through the use of Genetically-Modified seeds (and highly potent herbicides & insecticides). Han Highly relevant investigative journalism into a company that many probably have no idea who they are (Roundup is their most common product, if you are wondering). Monsanto is one of the sketchiest companies ever. This book examines its ultra-sketchy past (Agent Orange and rBGH being 2 of their more notorious product) and the increasing amount of control they are obtaining over the world's food supply through the use of Genetically-Modified seeds (and highly potent herbicides & insecticides). Handing control of the world's food supply over to these scumbags is risky at best, disatrous at worst. And, clearly they are willing to pull all the stops to gain as much control as possible. Those concerned w/ GMOs, corporate control, gov't corruption and/or the future of agriculture and food should read this book. Seeing as everybody eats food, give it a whirl. The book drags in a few places and the last 30pp. are largely a "here's the rest of my research" but, overall, the book is highly relevant is a highly-necessary investigation into the corporate world in general and one of the world's most controversial companies in general.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ruchira Wijayaratne

    Good coverage of history and topics, but would benefit from some sort of glossary of key players. There are so many regulatory and company people mentioned, that it's hard to keep track. Seems to be well researched, but a bit hard to get through. I'm looking forward to watching the documentary. I'm not sure that I would recommend it unless someone has a deep interest in Monsanto and GM foods. I'm still looking for a good book on GM foods that's written by someone with a science background and th Good coverage of history and topics, but would benefit from some sort of glossary of key players. There are so many regulatory and company people mentioned, that it's hard to keep track. Seems to be well researched, but a bit hard to get through. I'm looking forward to watching the documentary. I'm not sure that I would recommend it unless someone has a deep interest in Monsanto and GM foods. I'm still looking for a good book on GM foods that's written by someone with a science background and that's not overly preachy or scaremongering.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andie Murray

    This book tells an important story about Monsanto's control of the world's food, and it's a story that could be fascinating. However, this book managed to make a very interesting story into an un-interesting one simply by using an extremely dry writing style. There are many facts and figures and the book is well researched, but it fails to make any compelling arguments or even have a clear thesis. In parts, it reads like a list of names, dates, figures, and other pieces of data that are not stru This book tells an important story about Monsanto's control of the world's food, and it's a story that could be fascinating. However, this book managed to make a very interesting story into an un-interesting one simply by using an extremely dry writing style. There are many facts and figures and the book is well researched, but it fails to make any compelling arguments or even have a clear thesis. In parts, it reads like a list of names, dates, figures, and other pieces of data that are not strung together into a compelling story. I had to force myself to finish it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Coupe

    I knew Monsanto was bad, I just didn't know how bad and for how long they have manipulated the system. Each paragraph describes a person or a town destroyed by chemicals, a falsified study supporting the harmlessness of the chemicals created and used by Monsanto or the long way down of the whistle blower who tried to notify someone of the harm they found through accurate research. There was so much info, it read like a textbook, and sometimes I lost focus on numbers. But I am definitely more foc I knew Monsanto was bad, I just didn't know how bad and for how long they have manipulated the system. Each paragraph describes a person or a town destroyed by chemicals, a falsified study supporting the harmlessness of the chemicals created and used by Monsanto or the long way down of the whistle blower who tried to notify someone of the harm they found through accurate research. There was so much info, it read like a textbook, and sometimes I lost focus on numbers. But I am definitely more focused on eating Non GMO's.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Marie-Monique Robin’s scathing expose of giant food corp Monsanto. I hated Monsanto even before I read this book and now I hate them even more. All this revolving door biz with the FDA and the USDA and the EPA, etc. It just makes me soooo angry that 5 multi-corps own about 85% of the world’s food supply. Monsanto is now buying up seed companies to maintain its stranglehold on food. We have got to stop this!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Everyone should read this. I mean, everyone. Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party - this is not a political issue as much as it is a moral issue. Did you know that Monsanto controls 90% of our food supply?? And that it hides research about the fact that it the food it supplies causes cancer and infertility? Scary stuff, but something we should all be aware of.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brianne

    This book was simply amazing. Everything I had come to understand as a scientist had been violated by Monsanto. The company has been using us as guinea pigs - like most companies but far worse. Not only that, but they control are food and access to new medicines! It is atrocious.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ida

    everyone should read this, it's important, it's relevant, it's massively depressing so no one will read it and instead they will read twilight and i will be sad. everyone should read this, it's important, it's relevant, it's massively depressing so no one will read it and instead they will read twilight and i will be sad.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tamera Jones

    Read this please! Even if you just skim it over a span of months. My take-away from this book is: 1. I need to do even more research, but on topics I never gave any consideration to prior to reading this book. 2. You truly, unfortunately cannot trust the government/"experts"/propaganda to have your best interests or health in mind. This includes Republicans and Democrats, renowned science magazines/websites, and, obviously, giant corporations. 3. Organic is real! I feel like through the early 2000' Read this please! Even if you just skim it over a span of months. My take-away from this book is: 1. I need to do even more research, but on topics I never gave any consideration to prior to reading this book. 2. You truly, unfortunately cannot trust the government/"experts"/propaganda to have your best interests or health in mind. This includes Republicans and Democrats, renowned science magazines/websites, and, obviously, giant corporations. 3. Organic is real! I feel like through the early 2000's - even now, organic products are presented in a pretentious, hippie, helicopter-mom type of light. After reading this, "organic" & "non-GMO" take on a very important meaning. 4. America is 100% a business first. Organic products are more expensive for many reasons, but conventional & GMO's are contributing to America's pockets in the long-run. Long-term effects aren't entirely known because the companies producing & selling them do not do real science to understand them before marketing them. It's likely these products can cause cancer & deformities, & birth defects among other complications. The author did a ton of research, countless interviews, and was in the process of directing a documentary on Monsanto, as well, while writing this book. It's somewhat dated having been published in 2008, but that only means there's more insidious stuff to look up and learn at this point (like that Monsanto is now owned by Bayer).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fernanda Lugo

    Troubling accounts of our food systems and global economics. So many facts to digest and so little opportunity to act against the threats of multinational corporations

  27. 5 out of 5

    Icmajik

    To speak about the writing in this book, I found this book to be well written, in an engaging style, despite the mostly technical nature of the material. I actually followed about 75% of this writer's cited resources and found her summation and conclusions to be well reasoned and drafted. Now, as for the topic she is writing about; this is an extremely controversial subject, one that I feel passionately about and she provided me new material to continue my research on the issues. I would recomme To speak about the writing in this book, I found this book to be well written, in an engaging style, despite the mostly technical nature of the material. I actually followed about 75% of this writer's cited resources and found her summation and conclusions to be well reasoned and drafted. Now, as for the topic she is writing about; this is an extremely controversial subject, one that I feel passionately about and she provided me new material to continue my research on the issues. I would recommend this book for people who are concerned about the environment, corporate corruption, lobbyist activity and it's effects on legislation, and quality of the food supply. If these aren't in your area of interest, you probably won't enjoy reading this book. Enjoy is a relative term here; the material presented shows a pattern of corporate manipulation of government policies, and an overall onslaught on the environment for the purpose of corporate profits.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Incredibly dense and well-researched this reads like a government conspiracy novel. Since the early 20th Century Monsanto has been lying, manipulating, covering, coercing and bullying their way into control of the global food market. It is terrifying what they have gotten away with and how much power they yield. Even if half of what this books claims is true we have a very powerful and very scary organization controlling our food system. The author makes a solid case based on events all over the Incredibly dense and well-researched this reads like a government conspiracy novel. Since the early 20th Century Monsanto has been lying, manipulating, covering, coercing and bullying their way into control of the global food market. It is terrifying what they have gotten away with and how much power they yield. Even if half of what this books claims is true we have a very powerful and very scary organization controlling our food system. The author makes a solid case based on events all over the world that indicate that Monsanto doesn't care about human, animal or environmental health as long as they can make money. I always thought that Monsanto employees were probably well meaning but misguided scientists trying to save the world with food. Now I am much more willing to believe that they are, at best, amoral money-hungry citizens willing to put everyone and everything at risk for short-term power and money. Very difficult to read, but very worthwhile.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jiwon Lee

    Monsanto is the spawn of Satan. So this is why we should go organic. I still find the logic under which genes were granted patents incomprehensible. And how big corporations are tainting academia with falsified or manipulated scientific studies meant to booster their products, and censoring those that reveal potentially toxic results, is unacceptable. Why companies are seen as one entity in a court of law and simply fined a sum of money less than the profit they obtained through violating environ Monsanto is the spawn of Satan. So this is why we should go organic. I still find the logic under which genes were granted patents incomprehensible. And how big corporations are tainting academia with falsified or manipulated scientific studies meant to booster their products, and censoring those that reveal potentially toxic results, is unacceptable. Why companies are seen as one entity in a court of law and simply fined a sum of money less than the profit they obtained through violating environmental regulations, concealing information regarding the toxicity of their products, and causing irrevocable damage to public health is beyond me. Individuals who were in charge should be put behind bars and stripped of their wealth, not left free to capitalize off of causing more damage to the world.

  30. 5 out of 5

    James

    If you value your life, Monsanto must be stopped. Please view the following links: http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/06/top... http://www.organicconsumers.org/artic... http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYwOT... If you value your life, Monsanto must be stopped. Please view the following links: http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/06/top... http://www.organicconsumers.org/artic... http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYwOT...

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