Journalist Marie-Monique Robin is the winner of the 2018 Human Rights Literary Prize, which will be presented to her on Friday, 14 December 2018 at the National Assembly by Nicolas Hulot.
Ahe 2018 Human Rights Literary Prize will be awarded to Marie-Monique Robin's book: "Le Roundup face à ses juges" (Éditions La Découverte, 2017), honouring the pioneering and very long-term investigative work of this journalist and filmmaker to alert public opinion to the dangerous and deadly effects of glyphosate in the world.
Since 1984, the Human Rights Literary Prize has been encouraging the publication of works on traditional or new rights. For a quarter of a century now, the Human Rights Literary Prize has been awarded each year by an important personality (President of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Minister, etc.) with a wide range of choices made by the jury, thus demonstrating its independence: major or lesser-known authors; large or small publishing houses; French or foreign writers, from the North or the South...
" Le Roundup face à ses juges " by Marie-Monique ROBIN
For several years now, there has been growing concern about the dangers of the world's most widely used pesticide in fields and gardens: glyphosate. All the more so since in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared it a "probable carcinogen" for humans, contradicting the American and European health agencies that had ensured the safety of Monsanto's Roundup, a powerful herbicide whose active ingredient is glyphosate.
Continuing her resounding 2008 investigation into the dangers of the American firm's toxic products (Le Monde selon Monsanto, book and film), Marie-Monique Robin shows in this book (and the associated film) that the dangerousness of glyphosate is even greater than feared. All over the world, it makes sick or kills soil, plants, animals and humans because the herbicide is everywhere: water, air, rain, soil and food. The product, which is carcinogenic, is also an endocrine disruptor, a powerful antibiotic and a metal chelator. Hence the deleterious effects documented here by strong interviews with victims in the United States, Argentina, France and Sri Lanka, as well as with many scientists.
This hard-hitting book reveals one of the biggest health and environmental scandals in modern history. It shows that, faced with the powerlessness or lack of will of agencies and governments to put an end to it, global civil society is mobilizing: in October 2016, the Monsanto International Tribunal was held in The Hague, where judges and victims investigated the Roundup trial, in the absence of Monsanto, who refused to participate. This trial led to a well-argued legal opinion that could lead to the recognition of the crime of "ecocide", which would make it possible to criminally prosecute the leaders of the responsible firms.
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