Soybean Souvenir, Lucite Block

This marketing souvenir was used to promote the release of Roundup Ready soybeans in 1996. These soybeans, resistant to the weed killer Roundup, were the first widely successful genetically engineered crop. While expensive, the new seeds made cultivating (plowing weeds) or hand-weeding unnecessary solving a major labor problem for farmers. In 2000, only four years after introduction, over fifty percent of American soybean acreage was planted in GMO beans and by 2007 the figure was 91 percent. While most scientists thought the biotech seed posed no greater danger to the environment than conventional seeds, some members of the public worried about the safety of the new product.
Object Name
lucite block
Monsanto Corporation
Physical Description
lucite (overall material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 in; 9.525 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Monsanto Corporation through Douglas W. Rushing
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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