Alarming and Uncompromising

Marie-Monique Robin, an award-winning French journalist and filmmaker who received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize undertook a dangerous task, to figure out what Monsanto was up to... And she then wrote about it, in The World According to Monsanto. Le Monde termed it "An alarming and uncompromising investigation." Télérama called it "A vast investigation of Monsanto—the first of this scope to dismantle the practices of the St. Louis–based agrochemical firm, world leader of GMOs.", La Marseillaise a "Truly noble journalistic work . . . Robin informs, enlightens, unveils, and begins the work of alerting the public."

The book, winner of the Rachel Carson prize, has been translated from the French by George Holoch and Tulika Books, New Delhi have just brought out the Indian edition. It is an explosive exposé of the disturbing practices of the world’s most influential multinational agricultural corporation.

The result of a remarkable three-year-long 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)—and how its new “green” face is no less malign than its PCB- and Agent Orange–soaked past.

Robin reports that, following its long history of manufacturing hazardous chemicals and lethal herbicides, Monsanto is now marketing itself as a “life sciences” company, seemingly convinced about the virtues of sustainable development. However, Monsanto now controls the majority of the yield of the world’s genetically modified corn and soy—ingredients found in more than 95 percent of American households—and its alarming legal and political tactics to maintain this monopoly are the subject of worldwide concern.

Released to great acclaim and controversy in France, throughout Europe, and in Latin America alongside the documentary film of the same name, The World According to Monsanto is sure to change the way we think about food safety and the corporate control of our food supply.

In our Ecology and Environment section, also in Agriculture, 384 pages, Rs. 675. ISBN: 9788189487683