You won’t be surprised to hear that a documentary about the maker of PCBs, Agent Orange and Roundup has lots of shocking bits.
- Monsanto falsely claimed that Roundup is biodegradable and a French court made them stop.
- In a more criminal move, Monsanto tried to bribe a Canadian health agency. Good lord.
- There’s a toll-free number (1-800-Roundup) for ratting on farmers who are, against Monsanto policy, saving their Roundup Ready seeds. The full story is told in Seeds of Suicide, which won the “Alternative Nobel”.
But here’s the real shocker: this documentary may put you to sleep. Maybe it’s just me, but watching the filmmaker enter search terms into Google is not my idea of exciting investigative journalism, and a shocking chunk of the movie is just that – Internet searches.
But hey, it’s free on YouTube and conveniently divided up into eight parts, so you can take your Monsanto evil in small, stay-awake doses. Here’s Part 1.
To be fair, I did enjoy the part about Kay Jenkes, the awesome EPA employee who blew the whistle on Agent Orange. And Treehugger’s reviewer liked the movie a lot more than I did.