Rooftop greenhouses on Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Facility are an intermediary stage in the development of new seeds. Seeds are grown inside first then tested in greenhouses before being planted outdoors.
The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in United States grow from seeds that have been genetically modified.
This week, the Supreme Court will take up a classic David-and-Goliath case. On one side, there's a 75-year-old farmer in Indiana named Vernon Hugh Bowman; on the other, the agribusiness giant Monsanto.
For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas destroyed genetically modified food (GMO) crops in what he calls a successful campaign to force the business of agriculture to be more holistic and ecological in its practices.
His targets were companies like Monsanto and Syngenta — leaders in developing genetically modified crops.
Earlier this month he went in front of the world to reverse his position on GMOs.