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Monsanto Company
Company nameMonsanto Company
Company typePublic company
FoundedSt. Louis, Missouri, US (1901)
Founder(s)John Francis Queeny
HeadquartersCreve Coeur, Missouri, U.S.
Key peopleHugh Grant
(Chairman, President and CEO)
ProductsHerbicides, pesticides, crop seeds
Revenue(-) US$ 10.502 billion (FY 2010) 
Operating income(-) US$ 1.607 billion (FY 2010)
Net income(-) US$ 1.109 billion (FY 2010)
Total assets(-) US$ 17.867 billion (FY 2010)
Total equity(+) US$ 10.143 billion (FY 2010)
Employees21,400 (August 2010)

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The Monsanto Company (Nyse - MON) is a US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as "Roundup". Monsanto is also the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 90% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the US market. It is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Agracetus, owned by Monsanto, exclusively produces Roundup Ready soybean seed for the commercial market. In 2005, it finalized purchase of Seminis Inc, making it the world's largest conventional seed company.

Monsanto's development and marketing of genetically engineered seed and bovine growth hormone, as well as its aggressive litigation, political lobbying practices, seed commercialization practices and "strong-arming" of the seed industry have made the company controversial around the world and a primary target of the alter-globalization movement and environmental activists.

As a result of its business strategies and licensing agreements, Monsanto came under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department in 2009.

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