The World According to Monsanto seeks to report on various controversies regarding the use and promotion of its products. Monsanto became the pioneer of genetically modified foods when, in 1983, created a tobacco plant that was resistant to antibiotics. Around 5 years later, it also became the first bioagricultural company to conduct field tests of genetically modified crops. Monsanto is also well known for its herbicide product commercially available under the brand name “Roundup”. The films director, who researched the company and the effects of its products worldwide for over 3 years, makes the claim that Monsanto, in collusion with various government entities, sought to suppress and manipulate the scientific data regarding its products. They are also recognized as developing rBST (recombinant bovine growth hormone) for use in dairy cows which increases milk production by 11-16%. The film makes the point that rBST leads to decreased health for dairy cows, often causing mastitis requiring antibiotics which then leach into the cows milk, ultimately consumed by humans.
The film definitely has some points worth considering regarding the mega corporation Monsanto. Being the largest seed producer in the world and with over 70% of the American food supply containing Monsanto’s genetically modified crops, Monsanto is a powerful lobbyist that can wield its influence to push products that may or may not be detrimental not only to humans, but to the environment as well.