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The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's 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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by The New Press (first published 2009)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Carey Shea
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-politics
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
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, activism
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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-books
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
Gina Whitlock
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Erin Henry
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, foodie
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
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Surfing Moose
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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...
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, politics, health
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 ...more
Christopher Rex
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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 ...more
Andie Murray
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Robyn Coupe
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 23, 2010 added it
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. ...more
Fernanda Lugo
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, nonfiction
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 ...more
Jiwon Lee
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2010 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! ...more
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from Wikipedia: Marie-Monique Robin is a French TV journalist and documentary filmmaker. She generally issues books and documentary films together on the topics she investigates.

Her work has been recognized by numerous awards: the 1995 Albert Londres Prize for Voleurs d'yeux (1994), an expose about organ theft; best political documentary award from the French Senate for Escadrons de la mort, l'éco

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