By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Most people have never heard of But the company’s arrival at the has alarmed some environmentalists and organic food proponents.

The highest-profile tenant at the biotechnology complex in Kannapolis, Monsanto will build a 9,000-square-foot laboratory this summer in the Core Lab Building, the five-story campus centerpiece. Dole Food Co. chairman David Murdock owns the Research Campus, which includes branches of eight universities and more than a dozen private partners.

Monsanto is the world’s leading producer of genetically modified, or GM, seed and the herbicide Roundup. The company has laboratories around the globe. In Kannapolis, the company will try to boost the nutritional content and taste of vegetables.

Monsanto has no plans for growing fields in Cabarrus County and will not modify plant DNA at the Research Campus, said Dr. Susan MacIsaac, who will direct Monsanto’s work in Kannapolis.

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