The findings on major corporations. Robin has made multiple

The author, Marie-Monique Robin, is a French documentary filmmaker and a journalist. To make more people aware of environmental issues, she investigates and documents her findings on major corporations. Robin has made multiple documentary films on the cultivation of various crops such as wheat, soybeans and transgenes. In addition to that, she has also won the Rachel Carson Award in 2009 after exposing the effects of genetically altered seeds and how they threaten the balance of nature. In The World According To Monsanto specifically, Marie-Monique Robin uses an investigative journalist framework and attempted expose the unethical approaches of the company. In her book Robin explores the corporation’s records since earlier than the Vietnam war. Topics encompass polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), Agent Orange, DDT insecticide, Bovine growth hormones, and Roundup. It follows the revolving door of executives and their path from Monsanto to the regulatory corporations of the FDA and the EPA. The technology of Monsanto’s products are questionable and when a person raises the alarm, there are consequences. Their reach permeates the globe since they gained control of the agricultural market early on. There are multiple chapters that observe the effects of the transgenic crops around the world and the results of those in third world countries. Based on a four-year investigation on Monsanto, Robin created a searing exposé touching on the never-ending controversy surrounding the company. Monsanto is the world’s leading producer of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and  has been cultivating some of the most dangerous products and distributing them without remorse. Marie-Monique Robin shed light on the subject whilst making it clear she is not a supporter. Robin thoroughly covers a mixture of troubles. One of the many problems she addresses is the idea of Roundup-ready plants. Monsanto patented their modified seeds, which left farmers with little to no other options other than purchasing from Monsanto. According to the author, this ultimately allowed the unethical company to gain control of the market. All at the cost of harming consumers with the different GMOs. When asked for an interview about the matter, Monsanto declined. Stating, “We appreciate your persistence in, in asking, but, uh, you know we’ve had several conversations internally about this and, uh, have not changed our position. So there’s no reason for us to participate.” (p. 17) Although being constantly denied interviews, she persisted. Throughout the book, she details the appalling medicinal issues that Vietnam vets struggled with after being exposed to Agent Orange, which was also created by Monsanto. Not only this, but there are an incalculable amount of stories of farms suffering from DDT, an insecticide now noticed to be significantly perilous to people. Furthermore, dairy agriculturists exposed the healing troubles of farm animals treated with Bovine. (transgenic hormone) Marie-Monique Robins clearly stated her opinion on the effects of the different chemicals produced by Monsanto and their “accountable to no-one” attitude. Robins stance towards the topic is severely critical. As stated in the book, she feels that Monsanto is a “calmly arrogant company heedlessly profiting from the suffering of victims and the destruction of ecosystems.” (p. 10)  Personally, I feel that this exclamation is aggressive, but I do not disagree with the statement. The company falsified their studies and hid evidence that conflicted with their interests. Monsanto was fully aware of the problems their products were causing and chose not to fix the problem. Even after the company was reprimanded twice for false advertising in claiming their product, Round-Up, was biodegradable and friendly to the environment, there were still no changes. Based on previous knowledge I realize that there have been many agricultural issues surrounding Monsanto, and the chemicals products they create. However, after reading, I quickly came to the realization that this was not just a problem in the United States, but also abroad. Farmers in India, China, and beyond have planted these genetically modified seeds only to find decreased soil quality, troubling yields, and misplaced normal harvests. Marie-Monique Robins gave detailed evidence on the effects of the products distributed by Monsanto. However, because of the lengths she went to prove her points, this book could easily become controversial. Robins was not afraid to jump into the controversial topics when interviewing and documenting her research. I feel that this gave her both an advantage and a disadvantage. It allowed her to prove her points with hard evidence, but it also makes the book come off as one-sided. However, after reviewing the text, I am convinced that the government, and the FDA are in-tune with Monsanto’s interests. There has not been any reasonable consequences for the production of these materials. As described in the book, the FDA closed its eyes when examining Monsanto’s use and production of harmful products. Robins interviewed various people about the topic but one that stood out was her interview with Dan Glickman. Formerly Bill Clinton’s secretary of agriculture from 1995 to 2001, Glickman is a strong advocate for biotechnology. In the interview he states, “One of my biggest concerns is what biotechnology has instore for family farmers,” (p. 214) His acknowledgement of the effects that biotechnology and patents surprised me. The government has an obligation to protect the consumer, but for so long people have been turning a blind eye. The purpose of this book was to raise awareness of the unprincipled approaches Monsanto has taken to gain control of agricultural markets. Robin took a fact-based approach to the situation and thoroughly explained the problem with the major corporation and its products. She scrutinized the company (including its constituents), and created an influential body of work. As previously stated, for a long time people have been ignoring the deeds of Monsanto and the many effects of its products. Although I feel her work was influential, it was also controversial. Her one-sided approach to the subject could bring forth skeptics that will challenge her research. That being said, The World According to Monsanto shed light on the company and forced accountability.