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In Our Backyard (A Monsanto Introspective) from Namreblis Ekim on Vimeo.

The focus of the piece is on a small village just east of St. Louis known as Sauget. Years ago this tiny area was incorporated as Monsanto. For those who remain unaware Monsanto Company was one of the leading chemical producers of the twentieth century and has been responsible for producing chemicals like DDT, an insecticide known to be carcinogenic. Agent Orange, a dioxin riddled chemical used as a defoliant in the Vietnam war. Still to this day in Vietnam we can see horrible genetic mutations, horrid skin conditions, and cancers attributed to the effects of Agent Orange. Also, Bovine Growth Hormones, which Monsanto continuously tries to keep under wraps, due to the fact it makes cows sick, thus their bacteria and the antibiotics they are pumped full of go right back into American milk. As a result BGH has been banned in Europe and Canada. Today Monsanto is an agricultural biotechnology company that is known for their genetically altering and patenting of various seed varieties, which are injected with a protein in order make the plants resistant to Roundup Weed Killer, one of Monsanto's best selling products. Solutia is currently Monsanto's chemical division, a subsidiary made years ago when the Monsanto name became tainted. Monsanto and Solutia have received an array of negative publicity, and we must question why. We also must question what good has Monsanto Company done for this world? There are two toxic dumping sites in Sauget known as superfund sites, in which Monsanto and Solutia have been found directly attributed to. While filming Solutia company my crew and I nearly got arrested while on public property, and were coerced into surrendering our ID's only to be placed on a FBI domestic terrorist watch list. It's important to question what exactly Monsanto and Solutia are afraid of. This film is only a brief introduction into the atrocities occurring at the hands of Monsanto in the areas surrounding St. Louis, and the world.

 

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In Our Backyard (A Monsanto Introspective) from Namreblis Ekim on Vimeo.

The focus of the piece is on a small village just east of St. Louis known as Sauget. Years ago this tiny area was incorporated as Monsanto. For those who remain unaware Monsanto Company was one of the leading chemical producers of the twentieth century and has been responsible for producing chemicals like DDT, an insecticide known to be carcinogenic. Agent Orange, a dioxin riddled chemical used as a defoliant in the Vietnam war. Still to this day in Vietnam we can see horrible genetic mutations, horrid skin conditions, and cancers attributed to the effects of Agent Orange. Also, Bovine Growth Hormones, which Monsanto continuously tries to keep under wraps, due to the fact it makes cows sick, thus their bacteria and the antibiotics they are pumped full of go right back into American milk. As a result BGH has been banned in Europe and Canada. Today Monsanto is an agricultural biotechnology company that is known for their genetically altering and patenting of various seed varieties, which are injected with a protein in order make the plants resistant to Roundup Weed Killer, one of Monsanto's best selling products. Solutia is currently Monsanto's chemical division, a subsidiary made years ago when the Monsanto name became tainted. Monsanto and Solutia have received an array of negative publicity, and we must question why. We also must question what good has Monsanto Company done for this world? There are two toxic dumping sites in Sauget known as superfund sites, in which Monsanto and Solutia have been found directly attributed to. While filming Solutia company my crew and I nearly got arrested while on public property, and were coerced into surrendering our ID's only to be placed on a FBI domestic terrorist watch list. It's important to question what exactly Monsanto and Solutia are afraid of. This film is only a brief introduction into the atrocities occurring at the hands of Monsanto in the areas surrounding St. Louis, and the world.

 

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show me any major company that gives a damn...BP is already forgotten news even though they caused years of damage to the gulf of mexico. money is where it's at. **** anything/anyone else...

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Appreciate comments. All over the world birds, animals, and fish are dying in unprecedented numbers. We've hit Peak Oil, Peak Food, and Peak Water all of the former are in a state decline. We need a new mind set.

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that is why people should be aware what food the buy. If you buy sustainable, biological, regional and fresh, let us say from a farmer round the corner you will hardly support Monsanto.

If you buy cheap, you get genetically modified food.No need to wonder if you need a bra soon..

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If you can find it, the documentary "The world according to Monsanto" is really good, albeit scary as hell. Also, "The corporation" is well worth watching; both could be labeled horror movies, but unfortunately true ones.

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Thanks for LInks Janisk.

Here's another: http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/1440782/10273168/

A new movie has dealt yet another severe blow to the credibility of US based Monsanto, one of the biggest chemical companies in the world and the provider of the seed technology for 90 percent of the worlds genetically engineered (GE) crops.

The French documentary, called "The world according to Monsanto", 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 companys vice president for public policy.

Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market.

Monsantos long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.

Over the last decade, Monsanto aggressively bought up over 50 seed companies around the globe. Seeds are the source of all food. Whoever owns the seeds, owns the food. The process of genetic engineering allows companies, such as Monsanto, to claim patent rights over seeds. Ninety percent of all GE seeds planted in the world are patented by Monsanto and hence controlled by them.

Patents on seeds give companies like Monsanto unprecedented power. Monsanto prohibits farmers saving patented GE seeds from one crop to replant the next season, an age-old practice. To ensure that farmers do not reuse seeds, Monsanto created its own 'gene police', and encourages farmers to turn in their neighbors.

Even farmers that do not use GE seeds are not safe. According to an investigative report by the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) farmers have even been sued for patent infringement after their field was contaminated by pollen or seed from someone elses GE crop.

But Monsantos influence doesn't stop at the US border. The world according to Monsanto? documents the devastating impact of Monsanto's malpractices around the world. Among others, it includes the real-life stories of cotton farmers in India that ended up in hopeless debts after using Monsanto genetically engineered (so called Bt) cotton, and of a family in Paraguay, South America whose dreams have turned to nightmares after their farm became surrounded by fields planted with Monsantos GE soya.

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To get this closer to home, during Thaksin's time in office, Monsanto applied for permission to carry out open field tests of GM mangos. It was turned down by the FDA, but a few months later it was discovered that GM mangos were showing up in some fields in central Thailand. They had been planted before the permission was requested, and had contaminated neighboring fields raising alarms. Nothing was done to Monsanto for this violation by the then Thaksin government.

All of the GM mango plants were destroyed, and luckily they ALL were destroyed. If they hadn't been caught, the mango crops in Thailand would have faced the same fate as Hawaii when they allowed open field trials. It totally destroyed the export of mangos from hawaii because every field of mangos in hawaii became contaminated, and as such could not be exported.

Every country has restrictions on the human consumpsion of GM food products. The problem is that it is accepted in some countries as feed crops for livestock. Mangos are not a feed crop for animals, so Hawaii, because of Monsanto, ended the growing of mangos, and still can't export them because of the contamination that took place, I think it was 14 years ago now.

Thailand almost suffered the same fate as Hawaii because Monsanto had already started open field growing GM mangos before they had applied for the permit to do so, and nothing happened to them at all for doing this.

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