Monday, 26 May 2008

The World According to Monsanto

The French documentary, called “The world according to Monsanto” and directed by independent filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, paints a grim picture of a company with a long track record of environmental crimes and health scandals.

The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.

A great deal more research needs to be done with regards to the effects of genetically modified foods. There are still many questions to be answered. If animal testing has shown there are anomalous side effects to such modifications then more investigation needs to be carried out. Check out the 3 minute video at the link.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 26th, 2008.]

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