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Seed money, Monsanto's past and our food future, Bartow J. Elmore - hardcover

"A deeply researched and eye-opening history that shows how Monsanto came to have outsized influence over our food system. 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. Capitalizing 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"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Pt. I. Seeds -- Introduction : Don't do it. Expect lawsuits -- Pt. II. Roots -- You are getting into chemistry now, Senator, on which subject I am rather weak -- A coal-tar war -- A die-hard admirer of the tooth-and-claw -- Pt. III. Plants -- Wonderful stuff, this 2, 4, 5-T! -- So you see, I am prepared to argue on either side -- Sell the hell out them as long as we can -- Strategic exit -- They can have my house; I just need thirty days -- Trespassing to get to our own property -- The only weed control you need -- I have to cry for them -- Pt IV. Weeds -- Oh shit, the margins were very, very, very good -- They are selling us a problem we don't have -- Pt. V. Harvest -- Conclusion : Malicious code
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
387 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates, illustrations, 25 cm

Library Locations

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