Marking the state's centennial, the North Dakota Historical Society summarized the state's history with an odd combination of pride and melancholy: When North Dakota entered the Federal Union in 1889; its leaders prophesied a glorious future for the Northern Prairie State. Great cities and prosperous farms, said the promoters, would make Dakota the jewel in the crown of Democracy. North Dakota farmers who had started to buy genetically engineered (GE) canola had to promise not to save seed and to buy more of the corporation's seeds each year. The multinational corporation Monsanto based in St. Louis, Missouri is the world's largest supplier of herbicides, bio-engineered seeds, and hormones to increase milk production. Farmers, governments, and consumers worldwide are facing tremendous pressure to accept genetic engineering as an innovation in food production. Beginning in 1996, Monsanto led the biotech revolution by genetically engineering seeds that work specifically with Monsanto's herbicides and pesticides.