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The monsanto corporation, based in Missouri, is one of the world's leading suppliers of agricultural inputs created with advanced biotechnology. Monsanto transformed from a predominately chemical company to a seed company focused on a few staple crops and royalties from patents. Using this strategy, Monsanto experienced rapid growth from 2003 to 2005, after roller-coaster gains since 1996 when it began commercial production of genetically modified (GM) seeds. Monsanto's recent gains have not been homogenous around the globe—the company has reported economic losses in the United Kingdom. Monsanto's greatest sales are in North America, followed by Latin America. The main crops, based on acreage, are soybeans, corn, cotton, and canola.


Monsanto is a frontrunner in controversial genetic engineering. Transgenetic seeds are spliced with extra-genetic (foreign) information to ...

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