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St. Louis, Missouri
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Organization Profile
Type: Company
Top official:Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO
Year founded:2000
Website:Official website

Monsanto is a multinational corporation specializing in agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology. Its headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri, but it has hundreds of locations throughout 72 different countries consisting of administrative and sales offices, manufacturing plants, seed production facilities, research centers and learning centers.

Issues & ballot measures

Monsanto contributes large amounts to campaigns that oppose measures and bills restricting or prohibiting genetically modified organisms. Monsanto is active in both local and statewide ballot measure campaigns.


Monsanto has been an outspoken opponent of ballot measures seeking to require all genetically modified food products to be labeled as such. Such efforts were defeated in Washington in 2013 and California in 2012. A similar measure was proposed for the 2014 ballot in Colorado.


On the local level, anti-GMO activists have been more bold, as well as more successful. Multiple counties in Oregon, Washington and California have banned the cultivation of GMOs. On June 20, 2014, measures in both Jackson County and Josephine County, Oregon, were decisively approved, despite hefty campaign spending from the opposition. One of the chief contributors to the "no" campaigns for these measures was Monsanto, along with other bio-chemical companies.

Upcoming measures seeking to establish local bans on the growth or production of genetically engineered plants, against which Monsanto is expected to be very outspoken and prolific:

  • Hawaii -
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  • Oregon -

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