In the United States, dozens of Monsanto sites (classified as sensitive by the federal environmental agency) continue to operate with serious health and environmental consequences. In the name of human rights and the environment, scientists and institutions have already sounded the alarm. This photographic investigation aims to document Monsanto's current practices in order to understand the impact of its activities on people and their environment.
Unanimously chosen by the jury as the first prize of the Dummy Book Award Fotobook Festival Kassel 2016, this book offers a photographic dive into the past and present of the chemical company. It combines archival documents of the company, numerous portraits and landscapes directly affected by the environmental consequences of this industrial production. The relevance of the subject and of the viewpoint taken by Mathieu Asselin is carried by an original layout, also rewarded by a special mention of the jury of the Luma Dummy Book Award during the Rencontres photographiques d'Arles 2016 and also rewarded in 2017 by the Aperture Foundation Paris Photo First Book Award.
This new edition has been expanded with a chapter dealing with the Monsanto-Bayer merger in 2018/2018.