Stan Cox is a senior scientist at a nonprofit agricultural research institute in Salina, Kansas, USA. His Ph.D. from Iowa State University, earned in 1983, was based on plant-genetics research he conducted in India. Over the next 13 years, he worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Manhattan, Kansas, publishing 80 papers on crop breeding and genetics and developing 22 strains of pest-resistant wheat. He lived in India from 1996 to 2000, where he worked with the Institute for Rural Health Studies in Hyderabad on a study of cervical cancer in rural areas. Since 2000, he has been working with a team of scientists on breeding perennial grain crops for future agricultural systems. He and his wife Priti Gulati Cox, an artist, live in Salina.
From 2002 to 2009, Cox worked closely with the Prairie Writers’ Circle, which distributed monthly op-ed columns on agriculture, ecology, and sustainability — by well-known writers as well as scientists — to approximately 500 US newspapers. His columns appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Kansas City Star, Arizona Republic, St. Petersburg Times, Las Vegas Sun, San Jose Mercury-News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hartford Courant, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Des Moines Register, Providence Journal, Wilmington News Journal, Burlington Free Press, and the Progressive Populist. They have also appeared in many smaller papers in 42 states.
Since 2003, he has written regularly for CounterPunch.org, AlterNet.org, and ColdType.net. Many of those articles have been reprinted by papers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Alternative, Fort Worth Weekly, Illinois Times, Pacific Sun, Albany, NY Metroland, and other papers. They have also been published by the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism, the Indian national publications The Hindu and The Week, and the expatriate monthly Inside Mexico. He serves on the editorial board of the Green journal Synthesis/Regeneration, for which he writes regularly.
Cox’s book Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine was published by Pluto Press in 2008. In 2009, it was published by Harper-Collins India and Korean translation by Nanjange Books.