Unreported World ~Paraguay's Painful Harvest 2008 11 07 (Ch 4)
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This week's Unreported World comes from Paraguay, which has become one of the world's biggest suppliers of genetically modified soya - much of it destined to feed cattle that ends up on European plates.
The program reveals how our demand for meat is driving the industrial farming of soya to epic proportions. It's a phenomenon that's led to violent clashes between peasants, foreign landowners and the police, and accusations that insecticides sprayed on the crops are causing serious birth defects.
World According to Monsanto -.mp4
A 2008 arte TV production (France/Germany). Language toggle is in upper-left, streaming trailer in lower-right. IMDb.
International — 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 world’s genetically engineered (GE) crops.
The French documentary, called “The world according to Monsanto” and 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
Brazilians settlers have occupied large areas of rural Paraguay's hinterland and introduced mass GMO agriculture, displacing Paraguay's small subsistence farmers, and introducing the massive application of herbicides which destroys local food groups and sicken residents. The area is on the verge of clashes and the will of the new reformist government is to be tested. Recently world soya commodity prices have crashed.