Seed Money

Seed Money : Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 165 x 244 x 33mm | 714g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 illustrations
  • 1324002042
  • 9781324002048
  • 485,298

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Praise for Citizen Coke

[T]his book is an indispensable resource.
-- Michael Pollan

[O]ffers a new way of looking at a major corporation. I doubt the Coca-Cola Co. will much like it.
-- Marc Levinson, Wall Street Journal
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Authoritative....a damning portrait.--Richard Shiffman "Washington Post"
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About Bartow J. Elmore

Bartow J. Elmore teaches environmental and business history at The Ohio State University. For Seed Money, he received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and a New America fellowship. He lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio.
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