Although Monsanto presents itself as converted to the virtues of sustainable development, behind the mask of an exemplary company, its history is full of worrying episodes that indicate a desire for market supremacy threatening food safety and the ecological balance of the planet.
Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history.
This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange.
Based on a painstaking investigation, the newly released documentary film – “The World According to Monsanto” puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts.
Today, Monsanto likes to style itself as a “life sciences” company. The leader in genetically modified seeds, engineered to resist its herbicide Roundup, claims it wants to solve world hunger while protecting the environment.
Documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin’s film “Le Monde selon Monsanto” (“The World According to Monsanto”) explores the history and future direction of chemical and so-called “life sciences” industrial company Monsanto
In the light of its troubling past, can we really believe these noble intentions? Misleading reports, collusion, pressure tactics and attempts at corruption: the history of Monsanto is filled with disturbing episodes. Behind its clean, green image, Monsanto is tightening its grasp on the world seed market, striving for market supremacy to the detriment of food security and the global environment.