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The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by The New Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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). ...more
Carey Shea
Oct 20, 2012 Carey Shea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: food safety, toxins, Agent Orange, PCBs, BSTs, Roundup
Recommended to Carey by: Amazon
Shelves: non-fiction
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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
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...
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!
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.
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.
Ida Rand
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.
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
J’ai mis énormément de temps à lire cette enquête sur l’entreprise Monsanto, version papier du reportage diffusé sur Arte il y a quelques temps. J’ai en effet un énorme défaut, lorsque je lis ce genre de chose, je suis tous les liens donnés. Ca ne facilite pas la lecture. Celui qui a déjà lu 64 pages en anglais sur le suicide des agriculteurs en Inde comprendra ma douleur. En outre, je n’ai jamais pris autant de notes. C’est un sujet qui m’intéresse puisque je suis fille d’agriculteur et que les ...more
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). ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more

Monsanto's controversial past combines some of the most toxic products ever sold with misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attempted corruption. They now race to genetically engineer (and patent) the world's food supply, which profoundly threatens our health, environment, and economy. Combining secret documents with first-hand accounts by victims, scientists, and politicians, this widely praised film exposes why Monsanto has become the world's poster child for malignant corporat

Feb 02, 2011 Lori added it
This book was a frightening account of the influence Monsanto has had on our food supply. It contains in depth interviews and research regarding genetically modified food among other things. One of the most concerning chapters looks at bovine growth hormone - I guarantee if you don't already seek out milk and dairy products made from cows not treated with growth hormones, you will!
I think that this is a great read that peers under the surface of one of the largest corporations in the world where money matters far more than morals. This book will lead you through convoluted past of Monsanto, from Agent Orange to plutonium to roundup to our food etc. It goes through the webbed relationships Monsanto has within the government, such as ties in the Pentagon, EPA, FDA, and politicians. Monsanto's influence reaches around the world, and even can strong-arm scientists in GMO free ...more
The author has a clear bias that sometimes gets in the way of the very compelling arguments she makes against Monsanto and GMOs.

The first part of the book felt weaker to me because I think there simply hasn't been enough impartial, thorough testing of GMOs to definitively state whether or not they are safe. The long-term effects of GMO consumption are unknown at this point, so I didn't think she could make the case that they are definitely harmful to human health, but her exhaustive research do
Laurel Ferguson
Biotechnology slaves!

I wanted to find out more about those GMO's that are always seeming to be everywhere. I finally know what to think about it and I can't believe what I'm reading. How could we be guilty of just not caring about what we are producing for food. First of all we wanted to stamp out hunger, then we want to monopolize food for millions of people! This is all so very unbelievable. We are trying to make money off a product or two (patented) that makes people sick and possibly will ki
While reading this book, I became horrified and upset. I had no idea about the history of how Monsanto came to be and the amount of destruction they cause up to the present and without a single concern for their consumers. I would have thought there would be a conscious person who would stand up for the human civilization and for the environment within the organization. I was wrong. Throughout the book, there were times I had to stop every few paragraphs or pages because I was angry and couldn't ...more
A MUST-READ horrifying, fascinating tale of Monsanto's history in corruption and how it has slowly permeated the food industry with genetically modified food.
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
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