Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation



Monsanto®'s dozens of Superfund sites (large contaminated sites of hight priority for the US Environmental Protection Agency) across the United States alone are affecting hundreds of communities and their environment with terrifying health and ecological consequences. Monsanto® maintains strong ties with the US- government, and especially with the FDA (United States Food and Drugs Administration). It is a bed-fellow with many other economical and political power houses around the world. The company engages in campaigns of misinformation, the persecution of institutions and individuals, including scientists, farmers and activists that dare to disclose their crimes. Monsanto® is spreading new technologies and products, while scientists, ecological institutions and human rights organization are putting out alerts for issues like public health, food safety and ecological sustainability – issues on which our future on this planet depends. This is all particularly troublesome since Monsanto® is entering a new chapter of disregard for our planet through the creation and commercialization of GMOs.

Visiting its past and presents, this project aims to picture what Monsanto®'s near future will look like. 



The Monsanto House of the Future (also known as the Home of the Future) was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA, from 1957 to 1967. It was sponsored by Monsanto Company. The design and engineering of the house was done jointly by Monsanto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Monsanto TV ad, India

Ever since the commercial introduction of its Genetically Modified Seeds in 1996, Monsanto has launched intense persecution against hundreds of farmers and seed dealers in the US and Canada alone, blaming patent infringement of their GMO seeds in what seems to be their drive for a complete control of crops. Like Jim Gerritsen and his family, hundreds of farmers, organizations, activists and citizens around the world are fighting Monsanto Corporation policies every day. They work to ensure the rights of consumers and to hold corporations accountable for their actions. As consumers, our every day choices are the best weapons we have. ©Mathieu Asselin 2013

In 1996, Monsanto introduced its first GMO seeds. It ensured that farmers could not save the seeds and essentially loose the ownership of their seeds. Consequently, the power balance shifted away from the farmers to corporations who now own 80 percent of GM corn and 93 percent of the GM soy market. Now farmers not only have to buy the seeds from the corporations year after year, but they are also forced to comply with the rules and regulations embedded in the contracts, which are designed to put the farmers at a juridical disadvantage. Since they have been wrongly accused, Dave Runyon, Troy Roush and Moe Parr have traveled the world speaking out publicly about Monsanto's reckless business policies. Special thanks to: Bill Freese / Center for Food Safety David Runyon Troy Roush / Roush Farms Maurice Parr Michael Saur Olga Yatskevich Anna Yatskevich. ©Mathieu Asselin 2013

Lensculture Interview NYC 2016

Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin.

Concept & Photography: Mathieu Asselin. Texts: Frédérique Wallis Davy, Mathieu Asselin. Book design & Layout: Ricardo Báez.

© 2016 by Mathieu Asselin

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