WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO, THE
Date: 3/18/09 6:30 pm
Venue: Carnegie Institution
Directed by: Marie-Monique Robin
National Film Board of Canada
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (France, 2008, 109 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere The world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Monsanto is 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. The leader in genetically modified seeds, engineered to resist its herbicide, Roundup, Monsanto claims it wants to solve world hunger while protecting the environment. 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. Based on an investigative report by French journalist Marie-Monique Robin, The World According to Monsanto puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts. Directed by Marie-Monique Robin. Produced by ARTE France.
Panel discussion with Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, Michael Hansen, Senior Staff Scientist at Consumers Union, and Richard Wiles, Executive Director of Environmental Working Group follows screening.
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