Federal Elections - After The World According to Monsanto, a moratorium on GE crops and foods is a must!

Feature story - September 14, 2008
FEDERAL ELECTIONS After The World According to Monsanto, a moratorium on GE crops and foods is a must!After watching the documentary The World According to Monsanto, no one will be able to say they “just didn’t know.”

The World According to Monsanto

The film documents the history of Monsanto, the global leader in Genetically Engineered (GE) seeds and one of the most controversial companies in the history of modern industry. The film alleges that Monsanto, by means of falsified reports, government collusion, lobbying and attempts at corruption, has become one of the largest seed companies in the world. With offices in 46 countries, it is responsible for 90 per cent of the genetically engineered crops grown worldwide. After watching this documentary you will understand how Monsanto managed to get government to authorize GE crops and foods without having independent and peer-reviewed scientific proof of their safety.

This documentary explains why a majority of Federal MPs voted down a bill (C-517) that would have provided mandatory labelling of genetically engineered foods last May. Industry lobbying efforts managed to convince many MPs to disregard the warnings of scientists from the Royal Society of Canada as well as the wishes of over 80 per cent of Canadians. Has you MP voted for or against C-517? Use this link to find the list of MPs that voted against C-517 before voting in the Federal election on October 14.

Monsanto's lobbying efforts have certainly paid off in Canada, which has some of the weakest environmental regulations on GE crops and foods in the OECD. With a Federal election approaching, you can help by encouraging all the candidates to better appreciate the dangers of GE foods by watching the documentary The World According to Monsanto.

The film which will be presented in Ottawa on September 17, 2008 at 4pm in the Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, University of Ottawa. The filmmaker, Marie-Monique Robin from France, will be attending this event.

A DVD copy of this documentary is available from the National Film Board.