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In Our Backyard: A Monsanto Introspective| 45mins
Director: Michael Silberman | Producer: Michael Silberman
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, ecology, economies, environment, ethics, global, globalization, politics, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"In Our Backyard: A Monsanto Introspective," focuses on the small village of Sauget just east of St. Louis, which was once incorporated as the town of Monsanto. For those who are unaware, Monsanto Company was one of the leading chemical producers of the twentieth century and has been responsible for producing chemicals like DDT, an insecticide known to be carcinogenic; and Agent Orange, a dioxin-riddled chemical used as a defoliant in the Vietnam war. Still to this day in Vietnam, we can see horrible genetic mutations, horrid skin conditions, and cancers attributed to the effects of Agent Orange. Also, Bovine Growth Hormone, which Monsanto continuously tries to keep under wraps due to the fact it makes cows sick, along with the other bacteria and antibiotics they are pumped full of go right back into American milk. As a result, BGH has been banned in Europe and Canada. Today, Monsanto is an agricultural biotechnology company that is known for their genetically altering and patenting of various seed varieties, which are injected with a protein in order make the plants resistant to Roundup Weed Killer, one of Monsanto's best-selling products. Solutia is currently Monsanto's chemical division, a subsidiary made years ago when the Monsanto name became tainted. Monsanto and Solutia have received an array of negative publicity, and we must ask why? We also must ask, what good has Monsanto Company done for this world? There are two toxic dumping sites in Sauget known as superfund sites, in which Monsanto and Solutia have been found directly attributed to. While filming Solutia, my crew and I nearly got arrested while on public property, and were coerced into surrendering our ID's only to be placed on a FBI domestic terrorist watch list. It's important to ask, what exactly are Monsanto and Solutia afraid of? This film is only a brief introduction into the atrocities occurring at the hands of Monsanto in the areas surrounding St. Louis, and the world. The version you see here is the only surviving cut of this film that remains. Unfortunately, the original project files were lost years ago. Therefore, we would like to apologize for the subpar image quality of the film. However, we remain confident that the points this film attempts to make will still ring through quite clearly. Thank you for watching, and feel free to download and share this film as you please. "In Our Backyard" on IMDB Copyright © 2009, Great Eye Films. All rights reserved.
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