Seed Money

Seed Money

Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future

Bartow J Elmore
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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.
Elmore' s substantial research and outstanding attention to detail makes this investigation of the Monsanto chemical and agribusiness corporation riveting from start to finish. . . . Combining elements of the film Erin Brockovich, Robert Bilott' s Exposure, and Patrick Radden O' Keefe' s expose of the Sackler family, Empire of Pain, Seed Money is a galvanizing achievement that will leave readers deeply impressed, impassioned, and infuriated. -- "Booklist (starred review)" Seed Money illustrates the danger of placing profit over people and how not protecting our environment from dangerous chemicals threatens the health and welfare of all of us. --Catherine Colman Flowers, founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice I expect this will become the book on Monsanto. --Edmund Russell, President, American Society for Environmental History
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.