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.
An astute, evenhanded history of a business often portrayed, with good reason, as a villain.-- Kirkus Reviews Comprehensive and thought-provoking, this is an essential history for understanding the impact of a major player in modern agribusiness.-- Publishers Weekly A book of immediate relevance and enduring significance. Elmore's powerful narrative uncovers evidence long hidden in corporate vaults, reveals the global consequences of decisions made in distant laboratories and boardrooms, and finds connections among science, agriculture, technology, politics, and business never seen before. This is history that matters.--Edward L. Ayers, recipient of the National Humanities Medal A fast-paced and vivid account of the global threats to food production and public health from the agrochemical industry's widely marketed herbicides--a must read for all who wish to better understand the workings of 'scavenger capitalism.'--Ellen Griffith Spears, author of Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town A timely, powerful, and totally engrossing book. Through stories of farmers, chemists, entrepreneurs, workers, patients, lawyers, and judges, Elmore recounts a devastating history of how chemicals have seeped into almost every cranny of the national and global food supply. We will not fix our health until we fix our food; fixing our food, as this book makes clear, is a tale of politics and power.--Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America If you want to know just how Monsanto became so reviled by the sustainable food movement, this gripping tale of greed and corporate power tells all.--Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk 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