April 2015

Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable?

The biotech giant has recently been voted both the 'most evil corporation' and the 'most admired'. Its modus operandi is ingeniously profitable and controlling. And it says its mission is to help feed the world - with GM food. How worried should we be? asks Vanessa Baird.

バイオテクノロジーの巨大企業モンサント。先日この企業は、「最悪企業」と「最も称賛を受けた企業」の両方の地位に選ばれた。この企業は、巧妙にもうかり、そして自由自在に物事を運べるような手口を使う。またモンサントは、世界への食料供給を支援することが自社の使命であると言うが……それも遺伝子組み換え作物を使ってのことだ。私たちは、この不安をどう受け止めたらいいのだろうか? バネッサ・ベアードが探る。






Stories making the news this month
6 Indigenous eviction resisted in Ecuador
6 TTIP: we are winning!
7 Post-Ebola, schools reopen
7 Introducing Alexis Tsipras
7 Refugees at risk in Kenya
8 Victory for autonomy in Syria
8 DR Congo’s electoral cliffhanger
9 Illegal dam blockaded in Chile
9 Armenian genocide remembered
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story
10 Total control
Monsanto has a mission. But where will it lead the rest of us? Vanessa Baird begins this month’s investigation into one of the world’s most powerful and hated corporations.

15 The FACTS – Monsanto and Co

16 Is Monsanto on the side of science?
Claire Robinson looks at what has happened to scientists who dare to say GM foods are not safe.

18 Towards an understanding of the psychopathy of patient Monsanto
‘Patient Monsanto’ is analysed by Jason Louv.

21 The farmer’s friend
Are farmers benefiting from growing GM crops, as Monsanto claims? Dionne Bunsha investigates.

22 The People vs Monsanto
Around the world people are mobilizing against biotech bullies.


30 Growing upside down
For thousands of Peruvian children, daily life means working to help feed the family. Fernando Del Berro meets one of them.

Mixed Media
34 Film reviews
the Dark Horse, directed by James Napier Robertson; Blind, directed by Eskil Vogt.

35 Music reviews
The Reason Why Vol 2 by Goran Kajfes’ Subtropic Arkestra; Ba Power, by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

36 Book reviews
The Racket by Matt Kennard; The Four Books by Yan Lianke;
The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis; The Adventure of the
Busts of Eva Peron by Carlos Gamerro.
PLUS: Also out there…

29 Mark Engler
Is there a pathway to ending corporate rule in America?

33 Chris Coltrane
Cosying up to the Saudis.
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon..

4 Letters
Desert dream; Africans cut off; and a call to irreverence.

5 Letter from Bangui
Ruby Diamonde witnesses the pain of a community that can’t go home.

26 Country Profile: Malawi

28 Southern exposure
Photographer Jannatul Mawa closes the distance between housewives and housemaids in Bangladesh.

38 And Finally
Kuwaiti journalist and novelist Saud Alsanousi talks to Graeme Green about the Gulf region’s appetite for change.




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