The article takes the stance that according to recent research, the scientific community has come to agreement that GMO foods are safe for human consumption. Backed by studies spanning some 20 years, scientists and respected peer reviewed journals have concluded that GMO foods pose no more of a threat to us as do traditional crop breeding methods. According to a publication by Nature Biotechnology, the negative perception of GMO foods is largely due to the fact that the population in general does not directly see any benefit from GMO foods. Some of the most convincing evidence is that in the time GM foods have made their way into the food supply, no scientifically backed data has shown any adverse effects to humans
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.