Big Money Big Government: Research, user flows, sketchboards, wireframes and moodboards

Monsanto – agriculture
Tyson – food
Exxon Mobil – petroleum
Pfizer – pharmaceutical

Corporate Bio
Official name, former names, industry area, short description, founding date, headquarters, CEO, profits.

Number of locations worldwide, number of locations in each country, list of countries, states, cities with their address. Compare with other / all (give user the option) countries.

Pros / Cons
Show benefits and problems caused by each company.

Laws passed that benefit each company. History of smaller companies that have been swallowed up along the road to the top.

Map relationships to interest groups, senators, committees, lobbyists, other companies.



Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational Chemical, and Agricultural Biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

We are focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.
We strive to make our products available to farmers throughout the world by broadly licensing our seed and trait technologies to other companies. In addition to our seeds and traits business, we also manufacture Roundup® and other herbicides used by farmers, consumers and lawn-and-garden professionals.

1980s the supreme court said that you can patent life, that is when food corporations starting patenting crops.
They developed Roundup to get rid of pests, then they developed genetically modified soy beans that could resist roundup
in 1996 Monsanto began selling Roundup Ready soybeans, only 2% of soybeans in the US contained their patented genre.
Seedsaving is illegal because if you save your seeds that have the Monsanto gene in it they will sue you. Monsanta has a staff of 75 private investigators that prosecute farmers for patent infringement. If GMO seeds blow into a non GMO farmers field he must prove he did not violate Monsanto’s patents.
by 2008, over 90% of soybeans in the US contained Monsanto’s patented gene.

CEO – Hugh Grant
Grant was born in Larkhall, Scotland. He received a B. S. degree (Honors) in agricultural zoology and molecular biology from Glasgow University, a postgraduate degree in agriculture from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from International Management Centre in Buckingham, England.

He was named 2010 CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine.[3] In 2009, Grant earned a total compensation of $10,803,757, which included a base salary of $1,391,356, a cash bonus of $1,070,382, stocks granted of $1,875,766, options granted of $5,902,039, and other compensation of $564,214.[4]

Founder – John Francis Queeny

Founded – 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri.

21,183 employees. 404 facilities in 66 countries. Locations (Monsanto Facilities around the world

Canada – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba. 13 locations in Canada.

Guatemala – 2 locations in guatemala.

Mexico – Mexico City, Guanajuato, Chiapas, Sinaloa, guadalajara,  baja california, Nayarit, Guadalajara, matamaros. 20 locations in Mexico.

Puerto Rico – 3 locations in Puerto Rico.

United States – 143 locations in US.
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, missouri, mississippi, montana, nebraska, new mexico, north carolina, north dakota, ohio, south carolina, south dakota, tennessee, texas, washington, washington dc, wisconsin.

Argentina 12 locations

Brazil – 27 locatoins

Chile – 7 locations

Columbia – 1 location

Ecuador – two locations

Paraguay – 1 location

Peru – 1 location

Uruguay – 1 location

Albania – 1 location

Belarus – 3 locations

Belgium – 2 locations

Bulgaria – 1 location

Croatia – 1 location

Cyprus – 1 location

Czech Republic – 2 locations

Denmark – 2 locations

Finland – 1 location

France – 9 locations

Germany – 6 locations

Greece – 1 location

Hungary – 9 locations

Ireland – one location

Italy – 5 locations

Netherlands – 4 locations

Norway – 2 locations

Poland – 2

Portugal 1

Romania 1

Russia 5

Slovakia 1

Spain 11

Sweden 2

Switzerland 1

Turkey 6

Ukraine 1

UK 2

Israel 2

Austraila 1

Bangladesh 1

China 13

India 16

Indonesia 3

Japan 3

Kazakhstan 1

Malaysia 2

New Zealand 1

Pakistan 5

Philippines 10

Singapore  1

South Korea 16

Sri Lanka 1

Taiwan  2

Thailand  9

Uzbekistan 2

Vietnam 1

Algeria 1

Burkina Faso 1

Kenya  2

Malawi 1

Morocco 3

South Africa 16

Zimbabwe 1

From seed to supermarket a small group of multi national corporations control the food chain.
1970 – Morrell, Swift, Map XL, IBP, Armour the top five controlled only 25% of the market.
Today the top four control more than 80% of the market. Tyson, Cargill, National beef, Swift.
Tyson is the biggest meat packing company in the world’s history.
This increases the growth rate of poultry to be more than double the size in 48 days as to what it took a chicken to grow in 70 days in the 1950s. The chicken was redesigned to have larger eggs.
A company like Tyson owns the birds and the farmer just raises it.
Tyson hires undocumented workers, they used to hire black males now undocumented latinos because they don’t complain.
Government creates policies that allows corn to be grown at a cost less than the cost of production
Subsidize farmers by the bushel.
Corn is grown to feed our food supply, beef, pork, fish. The large amount of corn allowed us to drive down the price of meat. High corn diets create Ecoli in cow that is resistant to acid.
1970s there were thousands of slaughter houses now there are only 13

Chief of Staff of the USDA was the former Lobyists to the beef industry in Washington, DC
head of the FDA was executive vice president of the national food processors association


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