"The World According to Monsanto"
Tim Wise from the Small Planet Institute explains how a new seed policy in the southern African country of Malawi threatens farmers’ rights to save, exchange, and sell their seeds, and how a former Monsanto official turned out to be one of the policy’s co-authors
Activists are attempting to persuade the World Court to take up the case, says Ronnie Cummins
The resulting merger will push a model of agriculture that forgoes advantageous local ecological practices and jeopardizes the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, warns Global Justice Now’s Heidi Chow
Dr. Thierry Vrain and Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam discuss the science behind genetically engineered crops and the significance of GMO restrictions in more than 60 countries
House passes a rider which protects biotech giants like Monsanto from being sued in federal court
One thousand rally as part of global protest against Monsanto’s political power and its role in spreading GMO throughout the world’s food supply
Darcey O’Callaghan: US embassies are aggressively and systematically promoting biotechnology and GMO food abroad
Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill and a series of Brazilians agribusinesses are flexing their muscles in Paraguay, currently occupying 25% of all arable land for the production of genetically modified soy for export. The losers are Paraguay’s peasant farmers, and they’ve mobilized to defend themselves, including getting a president into power who promised to help them. But as Ben Dangl reports, for a serious of reasons, President Lugo has converted into an enemy of the same farmers that got him into power in the first place. Produced by Jesse Freeston.
Monsanto is a world leader in industrial agriculture, providing the seeds for 90 percent of the world’s genetically modified crops. Once a chemical company based in the US, Monsanto has transformed into an international life sciences company, aiming to solve world hunger and protect the environment. Filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, however, exposes the company’s troubling past, in her recent film, The World According to Monsanto. In an interview with The Real News Network, she discusses Monsanto’s controversial practices from a producer of PCBs and Agent Orange to genetically modified seeds and related herbicides.
A recent report by an agricultural advocacy group says that some of the world’s largest biotechnology companies such as Monsanto, BASF, and Syngenta are seeking hundreds of patents on seeds designed to withstand the environmental stresses of global warming. While industry representatives say that traditional farming practices won’t withstand the impact of sea level and drought, the report is wary of past failures of genetically engineered seeds.