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Bart Elmore is an award-winning professor and writer who investigates the impact of big business on our environment.
White book cover with dollar bill growing like a plant out of the words, Seed Money. By Bartow J. Elmore. Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future.

Seed Money

As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first Roundup Ready soybean harvest, Seed Money exposes how the company that brought us Agent Orange survived its toxic past to seed the future of food.
Releases on October 12, 2021
Available for pre-order now
White book cover with dollar bill growing like a plant out of the words, Seed Money. By Bartow J. Elmore. Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future.

Seed Money is now available

As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first Roundup Ready soybean harvest, Seed Money exposes how the company that brought us Agent Orange survived its toxic past to seed the future of food.
Releases on October 12, 2021
Available for pre-order now
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Seed Money

An authoritative and eye-opening history that examines how Monsanto came to have outsized influence over our food system.
"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 How to Cook Everything and former lead food writer for The New York Times Magazine
"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 (2019), and Patrick Radden O’Keefe’s exposé of the Sackler family, Empire of Pain (2021), Seed Money is a galvanizing achievement that will leave readers deeply impressed, impassioned, and infuriated."
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The Joe Rogan Experience

Bart Elmore sits down with Joe Rogan on his top-rated podcast to discuss Seed Money.

Available on Spotify.

Citizen Coke

An absorbing history of how Coke’s insatiable thirst for natural resources shaped the company and reshaped the globe.

An Environmental Historian's Requiem for Recycling

Bart Elmore speaks about how the solution to the current plastic waste problem lies in the history of one of the biggest enterprises in the world: the Coca-Cola Company.  

The process behind Seed Money

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2021

Released Seed Money

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October 2020

Investigated RoundUp in Brazil

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Junior Designer
2011 - 2014

Got banned from Bayer shareholder meetings

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2015 - 2019

Met farmers in St. Louis

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October 2019

Traveled to Monsanto headquarters

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Praise for Seed Money

“I expect this will become the book on Monsanto. Elmore has done a mountain of original research, ranged far and wide to gather data, and synthesized it into a compelling story. Anyone interested in biotechnology, or the relationship between corporations and the environment in general, cannot afford to ignore this important book.”
Edmund Russell
President, American Society for Environmental History
"Timely, powerful, and totally engrossing. We will not fix our health until we fix our food; fixing our food, as Seed Money makes clear, is a tale of politics and power.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter
CEO, New America
"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 Coleman Flowers
Founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice
"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
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