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Seed Money” is thus a unique blend of history and journalism that uncovers how Monsanto’s past is now shaping our food future. It’s a story that should matter to everyone who cares where their food comes from and whether we will be able to feed a growing population in the years to come.”

“This is not simply a story of corporate villains heedlessly destroying the planet, though the book does uncover unethical corporate practices that affected people’s health. In many cases, it is actually a story of good people who took on important jobs inside the firm who made small but consequential decisions that had wide-ranging effects on our global environment. A timely narrative, Seed Money is a cautionary tale for the twenty-first century consumer and for the people working in firms who are shaping the future of our food system.”

The convergence of Bart’s interest in and passion for the natural world, history, and the American South is a winding one. It started north of Atlanta, where he was born and raised exploring mountains and rivers by foot and kayak. After college, he made a pit stop in Savannah, Georgia, where he taught history in a public high school, an experience that pushed him to go off to grad school at the University of Virginia. There he took an environmental history course that primed him for his professional calling. Bart believes that it takes a good teacher, a good writer, and a good storyteller to help others to see the power of history, a discipline he believes can and should inform policy decisions, especially ones that affect our planet.

Bart Elmore is associate professor of environmental history and core faculty member of the Sustainability Institute at the Ohio State University. For more information about Bart and his work, visit his site:

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