Its heartening to know that the company that brought you agent orange, wants control of your food supply. Those who heard Percy Schmeiser speaking in British Columbia earlier this month know well what Monsanto is capable of. Now the the full story of the biggest supplier of genetically engineered crops world wide is about to come to the big screens in Vancouver, thanks to the Vancouver International Film Centre.
The World According to Monsanto is a must see. August 1-7, Vancouver International Film Centre & Vancity Theatre. 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver:
The world leader in developing and selling genetically modifie organisms (GMOs), the St. Louis-based Monsanto is one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. From Agent Orange to PCBs to bovine growth hormones, Monsanto has left a trail of environmental and human destruction in its wake, and acts as if it is responsible to no one—all the while, claiming they are a life sciences company devoted to sustainable development.
In this shocking film based on her best-selling investigative book, French muckracker Marie-Monique Robin pieces together the story of Monsanto, focusing on a look at its domination in the field of agricultural products—with the pesticide "Roundup" and the seeds it modifies to resist Roundup's effects. To piece together the hidden truth, Robin relies on classified documents and first-hand accounts of scientists, lawyers, politicians (on both sides of the issue) and victims of the company's toxic activities.
A three-year journey through the American Midwest, South America, France, and India, the film tells the tale of an industrial empire that, thanks to misleading reports, collusion with the US government, pressure tactics, and attempts at corruption (in Canada, no less) has become the world's largest seed manufacturer (with their seeds planted in about 50 countries worldwide). As well as an information-filled look at the way multinational corporations are often free to act without governmental regulation or even testing, Robin's film (co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada) is a call to action: demand the labelling of GMOs on your food products before it's too late.
The World According To Monsanto is a co-production by France-Canada d’Image & Compagnie (AmélieJuan and Christilla Huillard-Kann), Productions Thalie (Yves Fortin), ARTE France (Thierry Garreland Pierrette Ominetti), NFB (Christian Medawar and Yves Bisaillon) and WDR.
About Marie-Monique Robin
Born in 1960, Marie-Monique Robin won the prix Albert-Londres in 1995. As a journalist and director she has made many documentaries – recipients of around 20 international awards – and reportages filmed in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.