For you and your friends, there is a great Green Screens event this Wednesday at the NFB Cinema.
November 3rd at 7 PM
NFB Cinema – 150 John St, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Directed by Marie-Monique Robin, 2008, 109 min
Green Screens partners films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) with experts and panellists selected by the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP)
A panel discussion will follow the screening on the topic of biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with Anne Mitchell, CIELAP’s former Executive Director, who was previously a representative on the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee and is a member of the Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches; and Pinayur Rajagopal, who worked at the Max Planck Institute in Munich before coming to teach at York University in Toronto. The two are working on a pamphlet on agricultural biotechnology to be published by the Quaker Institute for the Future.
Director Marie-Monique Robin conducted a painstaking three year investigation on Monsanto in North and South America, Europe and Asia in order to make ‘The World According To Monsanto’ film.
‘The World According to Monsanto’ film depicts “Monsanto’s quest for market supremacy, to the detriment of global food security and environmental stability.”
Here is a brief bio with shocking revelations of Monsanto:
- founded in 1901 as a chemical company in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
- has 17,500 employees
- 2006 sales figure of $7.5 billion
- operations in 46 countries
- world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history
- since 1901, faced trial after trial due to the toxicity of its products
- toxic products include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polystyrene, devastating herbicides like Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War, and bovine growth hormones, which are unauthorized in Canada and banned in Europe
- has “reinvented itself as a “life sciences” company converted to the virtues of sustainable development”
‘The World According to Monsanto’ points out that “thanks to its genetically modified seeds engineered among other things to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup, the world’s bestselling herbicide, the company claims it wants to solve world hunger while reducing environmental damage. Where does the truth lie?”
Watch ‘The World According To Monsanto’, and then join the conversation. What you think is the truth behind the controversy? Do you think Monsanto exploits environment and nature in our world for bigger business profits? We would love to hear from you in our comments section below.
Please click here to see the trailer for ‘The World According To Monsanto’ because what matters to Monsanto matters to us from dioxin to genetically modified crops.