My reflections on Monsanto, the havoc and the rumor

Recently I have been reflecting deeply about my previous work experience many years ago for the giant corporation called Monsanto.  In 1994, a personal time of underemployment and high risk taking by myself, I found a way to be paid for making e an educational and promotional documentary in the mountains of central Mindanao island in the Philippines.  For me, at that time, this was a good thing and I was happy it was happening.  My job was to produce a documentary about the herbicide, Roundup, as it was being used in a commercial reforestation project in Bukidnon province in the southern Philippines.  I availed of scholarly and scientific research they gave me at the time (1994) to develop a creative short video for the sales and promotion purposes of Monsanto’s offices in Singapore.

Fast forward to now–Now that the current lawsuit is happening against Monsanto and I am able to see other perspectives and information, I am deeply concerned about the weakened ethics of my previous professional work for that company.  I can’t undo the past but I can reflect upon its meaning so that I can learn, reflect and change.  I don’t know right now what is the right answer or most wise response, but I am questioning what happened and what I did at the time, albeit unknowingly..

I was convinced in 1994 that it was OK to use Roundup in commercial forestry and other agro–businesses, so I wrote and produced a good video for them at a bargain rate because I believed in the product and its purpose, plus I wanted to work on location in Mindanao.  No other video producer in their right mind would venture into Bukidnon as I did at the time.  I took my gear and gladly ventured there.  Monsanto paid me to live my dreams.

I worked on the Monsanto project in 1994.  I never imagined Roundup in a retail or household setting and to this day I remain convinced that glyphosate, when used in moderation, is basically OK for its primary purposes for weed killing.  I don’t believe it causes an unreasonable risk beyond what any other chemical poison would pose.  I wouldn’t drink the stuff but there were rumors that it would be safe to do so.  Regardless of rumors, it is a weed killer and not a beverage.  There is a gap in my understanding of the current case against Monsanto.and how that 289 million dollar amount was arrived, but I understand the threshold was to prove that Roundup was a contributing factor.  They guy describes it blowing in his face as part of his job–his employer should be crucified!.

In the current case it sounds like a typical example of labor exploitation by government and corporate entities, where employers subject workers to unsafe or uncontrolled risks.

I need to post this article for my future reference

https://modernfarmer.com/2014/03/monsantos-good-bad-pr-problem/

Resources for Teaching

TEACHER’s RESOURCE GUIDES in FILMMAKING

Fair Use

Documentary

Animation

Film Editing

Screenwriting

Sound and Music

Visual Effects

Art Direction

Costume Design

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Communicating for Development

NGOs in Thailand

Making_Waves (BOOK)

Making-Waves-Readings

video for change summary report_2014

Communist Manifesto, Marx & Engels

People of the Abyss-Jack London

EDUCATION

What is a thesis or theory?

Analog v. Digital Instruction and Learning

Effectiveness in Writing

you-can-play-mathematical-equations-on-the-violin

MOTION PICTURE SCRIPT EXAMPLES

all-is-lost

blood-diamond-d_july_27_2005_draft

brokeback-mountain

castaway

fargo

field-of-dreams

good-fellas

her

it’s-complicated

midnight-in-paris

miller-death-of-a-salesman-study-guide

miller-death-of-a-salesman-study

miller_death-of-a-salesman

napoleon

panic-room-spec

rescue-dawn-notes

jackiebrown

seven-samurai

sideways

spanglish

spotlight

streetcar-named-desire

coach-carter

SUKIYAKI (Ue wo muite arukou)

This is a place to enjoy several versions of my all-time favorite song, SUKIYAKI (Ue wo muite arukou).

Sukiyaki LYRICS

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The greatest version IMO by KYU SAKAMOTO (RIP)

 

An instrumental version by BILLY VAUGHN

 

In German by the BLUE DIAMONDS

 

A rare version by BOB DYLAN

 

A rare instrumental version for solo electric guitar by CHET ATKINS

 

A romantic version in Spanish by TRIO LOS PANCHOS

 

A version in Chinese by an unknown artist

 

A pleasant version in Japanese by THE FOUR PREPS

 

In English in a version by LINDA TRANG DAI

 

In Japanese and English by Sami Kaneda