The World According to Monsanto: Polution, Politics and Power


Publication Date: 1 Jul. 2010
Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN 9781876756833

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    Reviews and Awards

    2009 Rachel Carson Prize
    And on and on it goes. Tales of subterfuge, sabotage, bullying of the media and scientists—a story of corporate behaviour so bad it's hard to believe.

    John Newton, Sydney Morning Herald

    This book is a solid read but not difficult as it draws you in like a chilling thriller— not for the faint-hearted.

    Judith Gray, Earth Garden Magazine

    ... her argument is hard to ignore.

    Stephen Matchett, Weekend Australian Review

    We're often too busy to think about where our food comes from. But as this widely-acclaimed exposé and its companion documentary film demonstrate, we should make time to pay attention. Marie-Monique Robin spent three years investigating Monsanto, the world's leading producers of GMOs. In this prize-winning, controversial account, she lays out the dirt she dug up on the recently 'green' Monsanto's history with hazardous chemicals. Monsanto's GM corn and soy products are found in a high percentage of households. Readings

    Not glamorous, and not a cookbook, but arguably the most important big-picture food book this year ... Riveting, scary stuff.

    John Lethlean and Necia Wilden, The Australian


    Winner of the Rachel Carson Prize, this explosive expose details the disturbing practices of one of the world's most influential multinational agricultural corporations.

    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.