Video documentary Controlling our food: The world according to Monsanto is a thought provoking, one hundred and nine minute documentary, first shown in two thousand eight in Europe, and is a must see for anyone concerned about a future of food. French documentary filmmaker Marie Monique Robin has thoroughly researched her subject, conducting a three year investigation in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Robin briefly explores Monsanto’s long history of producing toxic chemicals, such as PCBs and dioxin laced Agent Orange, and interviews victims of that company’s chemical operations.
This film devotes more attention to Monsanto’s twenty year old genetically engineered seed empire. Hitherto unpublished documents and candid interviews with scientists, farmers and former United States government officials reveal a disturbing pattern of deceit, impunity and corruption. Robin reveals Monsanto’s astonishing influence on the United States government’s rubber stamp regulatory process for genetically modified organisms, as well as its attempt to bribe Canadian government regulators to approve its bovine growth hormone product.
This film also features interviews of United States farmers sued by Monsanto for a newly minted crime of seed saving, Indian farmers victimized by that company’s expensive Bt cotton seed, and South American farmers marginalized by massive expansion of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans. Is Monsanto a clean, green company it claims being, committed to solving world hunger? Is its growing control of a world’s seed supply, it’s exorbitantly priced seeds and prosecution of farmers for saving them, and its commitment to spreading chemical intensive agriculture around the world, portend instead a threat to the world’s food security?
These are obviously important questions, and some little known perspectives provided by Controlling our food: The world according to Monsanto is essential information for anyone who is genuinely seeking answers. Do you think it is possible one corporation is trying to control the world’s food supply?