The Modern Miracle

Booklet and pictures courtesy of Dick Blacher. Comments by Paul Jackson.

The Modern Miracle
A Screed on Saccharin Sincerely Set Forth

by Elbert Hubbard, undated

This booklet measures 6" x 4 1/2" with 8 pages. Monsanto was formed in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri, by John Francis Queeny, a 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. He funded the start-up with his own money and capital from a from a soft drink distributor, and gave the company his wife's maiden name. Monsanto's first product was the artificial sweetener, saccharin, which it sold to The Coca-Cola Company.  It also introduced caffeine and vanillin to Coca-Cola, and became one of that company's main suppliers. Saccharin was discovered by Ira Remsen and Constantine Fahlberg of Johns Hopkins University in 1879 while working with coal tar derivatives. Saccharin was an important discovery, especially for diabetics. Saccharin is not digested by the body and goes directly through the human digestive system. Therefore, it does not affect blood insulin levels, and has effectively no food energy.

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