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Seed money : Monsanto's past and our food future

By: Elmore, Bartow J. (Ohio State University)

1324002042 / 9781324002048
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24 cm 400 pages : illustrations
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This is the definitive history of Monsanto, a St. Louis chemical firm that became the world's largest genetically engineered seed enterprise.

Monsanto merged with German pharma-biotech giant Bayer in 2018 but its Roundup Ready seeds, introduced twenty-five years ago, are still reshaping the farms that feed us.

Incorporating global fieldwork, interviews with company employees, and untapped corporate and government records, award-winning historian Bartow J.

Elmore traces Monsanto's astounding evolution from a scrappy chemical startup to a global agrobusiness powerhouse. Capitalising on deals with customers like Coca-Cola, General Electric and especially the US government, Monsanto used seed money derived from toxic products-including PCBs and Agent Orange-to build an agricultural empire, promising endless bounty through its genetically engineered technology.

As new data emerges about its blockbuster Roundup system, and as Bayer faces a tide of lawsuits over Monsanto products past and present, Elmore's urgent history takes a penetrating look at the company's past.


KCN Environmental economics, KJZ History of specific companies / corporate history, KNDF Food manufacturing & related industries, TVB Agricultural science, TVK Agronomy & crop production

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