“The World According to Monsanto” with Columbus Food Co-op
Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm
YES Cinema in downtown Columbus, IN
There’s an effort underway to open a new food co-op in Columbus, Indiana, now raising capital through memberships and a loan drive. To celebrate 2012 The International Year of Cooperatives, Columbus Cooperative Grocery & Market is hosting a film series called “Food for Thought.”
The World According to Monsanto is a 2008 documentary film directed by Marie-Monique Robin. Originally released in French as Le monde selon Monsanto, the film is based on Robin’s three-year long investigation into the US agricultural giant Monsanto corporation’s practices around the world. The World According to Monsanto is also a book written by Marie-Monique Robin, winner of the Rachel Carson Prize (a Norwegian prize for female environmentalists), which was translated to many languages.
Reviewers say: “This documentary film traces a wide range of controversies involving the use and promotion of genetically-modified seeds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Agent Orange, and the bovine growth hormone. The film delves into cases across the United States (including Anniston, Alabama), Canada, India, Mexico, Paraguay, the United Kingdom and France, pointing out how the corporation’s collusion with governments, pressure tactics, suppression and manipulation of scientific data, and extra-legal practices aids Monsanto in an attempt to dominate global agriculture. The World According to Monsanto draws on first-hand interviews with scientists, representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency, civil society representatives, victims of the company’s activities, lawyers, and politicians.”