Free screening of Monsanto documentary at Weston library

The World According to Monsanto, a 2008 documentary film directed by Marie-Monique Robin, is being shown at 7 p.m., on Thursday, June 28, at the Weston Public Library.

Originally released in French as Le Monde Selon Monsanto, the film is based on Ms. Robin’s three-year long investigation into U.S. agricultural giant Monsanto corporation’s practices around the world.

The World According to Monsanto is also a book written by Ms. Robin, winner of the Rachel Carson Prize for female environmentalists.

The documentary traces a wide range of controversies involving the use and promotion of genetically modified seeds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Agent Orange, and the bovine growth hormone. The film delves into cases across the United States (including Anniston, Ala.), Canada, India, Mexico, Paraguay, the United Kingdom and France.

Beyond the economic consequences of seed control, the film highlights the potential negative health effects from genetically engineered (GE) foods.

The screening is free and is being sponsored by the Weston Sustainability Committee and The Friends of the Weston Library.

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