Ever wonder how one of the leading producers of warfare and agricultural chemicals was able to become the leader in seed production? Check out this article to learn how Monsanto created its monopoly of food production.

1901: Pharmaceutical company agent John F. Queeny launches Monsanto to produce saccharin, an artificial sweetener then only manufactured in Germany.

1907: The USDA investigates whether replacing saccharin with sugar violates the Pure Food and Drug Act, a consumer protection law. President Theodore Roosevelt, a saccharin consumer, objects to the investigation.

1911: The USDA proclaims foods with saccharin “adulterated,” thus banning it except for use by medical patients who must avoid sugar.

1914: World War I starts, and sugar shortages prompt the government to lift saccharin restrictions.

1915: With caffeine and vanillin added to Monsanto's product line, and Coca-Cola as a chief customer, sales reach $1 million.

1917: Monsanto begins producing aspirin, becoming the top producer in the U.S., a title it held until the 1980s.

1901: Pharmaceutical company agent John F. Queeny launches Monsanto to produce saccharin, an artificial sweetener then only manufactured in Germany.

1907: The USDA investigates whether replacing saccharin with sugar violates the Pure Food and Drug Act, a consumer protection law. President Theodore Roosevelt, a saccharin consumer, objects to the investigation.

1911: The USDA proclaims foods with saccharin “adulterated,” thus banning it except for use by medical patients who must avoid sugar.

1914: World War I starts, and sugar shortages prompt the government to lift saccharin restrictions.

1915: With caffeine and vanillin added to Monsanto's product line, and Coca-Cola as a chief customer, sales reach $1 million.

1917: Monsanto begins producing aspirin, becoming the top producer in the U.S., a title it held until the 1980s.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/heres-how-worlds-largest-biotech-company-came-be
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