About the event
On Thursday, March 31, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Prof. Eda Kranakis, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Full Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, uOttawa to discuss Monsanto’s research practices, intellectual property designs, commercial aims, and strategic scientific rhetoric.
Monsanto built an agricultural empire founded on a broad-spectrum herbicide (glyphosate) that the company introduced in the mid-1970s. Monsanto extended this empire in the mid-1990s by cobbling together new life forms that could resist high doses of glyphosate. The aim of this presentation is to explore Monsanto’s research practices, intellectual property designs, commercial aims, and strategic scientific rhetoric, using a commodity-chain approach to understand the linkages and contradictions among these aspects of its undertakings as well as some of their longer-term consequences.