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Response to Benbrook’s Paper “Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally”

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Consistent with his previous papers, the latest from Charles Benbrook, titled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally,” omits important context and significantly misrepresents the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides. Unfortunately, the result will no doubt be another wave of unwarranted confusion and concern among consumers about an agricultural tool with a 40 year history of safe and effective use.

Most importantly, glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product. In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide Full Article »

Creativity Not Ideology Essential to Global Food Security

Are we truly willing to move past ideologies and embrace the best of human ingenuity and innovation?

By Dr Kristen Knight PhD, Entomologist, Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

The World Economic Forum at Davos is underway as I write [week of Jan 25., 2015].

A recent article from the Forum[1] caught my eye. It underlined the rapid technological innovation being driven by what it called our Fourth Industrial Revolution.

First: steam in the late 1700s. Then electricity in the late 1800s: followed by electronics in 1960s. We are now entering the fourth which the article says is all … Full Article »

Digging in to a Dialogue Can Reveal Hidden Common Ground Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Sometimes the differences between those who support genetic modification in agriculture and those who criticize it are exaggerated. There’s often more common ground than is recognized. That truth was in evidence when I engaged in a “debate” that was more like a friendly discussion with Jennifer Kuzma, distinguished professor and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. In an appearance at the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute, which you can watch here, you see that we agreed on some very basic … Full Article »

Monsanto takes legal action to prevent flawed listing of glyphosate under California’s Prop 65 Featured Article

Prop 65 listing would be based solely on erroneous IARC classification, would contradict agency’s own 2007 assessment, and would defy scientific conclusions of U.S. EPA and regulators around the world

Monsanto Company is taking legal action to prevent a flawed listing of the herbicide glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), which requires the state to maintain a “list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.”  The listing of glyphosate would be flawed and baseless because glyphosate does not cause cancer, as has been concluded by the U.S. EPA, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and … Full Article »

Monsanto Volunteers Introduce Students to Innovative Career Options, Opportunities to Positively Impact the World Featured Article

By Stephanie Bahr, IT Collaborations Strategy

Experiences in the classroom can have a lasting impact on students. By encouraging their natural curiosity, we can inspire young people to realize their potential to pursue any career path, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related careers.

Monsanto volunteers visited classrooms in the U.S. during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13. More than 500 students at 13 schools participated in 26 sessions conducted by 24 Monsanto ambassadors, who worked alongside students on computer coding activities. Known as the Hour of Code, this movement provides students with the opportunity to learn … Full Article »

Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education Summit: Strengthening the STEM Ecosystem

By Dan Jenkins, U.S. Agency Regulatory Affairs Lead

Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed that “There is incredible opportunity for highly-skilled jobs in agriculture.” He was referring to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Purdue University, which showed significant demand for recent college graduates with agriculture-related degrees. Specifically, the report estimates there are 57,900 openings in the U.S. annually in related fields – food, agriculture, natural resources and environment – but only 35,400 qualified U.S. graduates annually. That’s 22,500 unfilled roles annually.

What can be done to close this gap? One initiative underway … Full Article »

Setting the Record Straight on the “Monsanto Tribunal” Featured Article

By Nick Weber, Corporate Engagement

Over the past few days, you may have come across headlines referencing a “Monsanto Tribunal” at The Hague. A group of activists, led and organized by the Organic Consumers Association, plans to put Monsanto “on trial” for alleged crimes against nature and humanity. I’d like to take a moment to set a few things straight about this fake trial.

Monsanto respects others’ points of view, and we welcome the opportunity to have an open dialogue about agriculture and food production. However, this is not a real trial, and the results of this initiative have no … Full Article »

Freedom to Operate Featured Article

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Founder & President, Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, LLC
Monsanto L.E.A.D. Network Member

I left a full-time job to start Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, LLC in July 2014. After nearly 20 years of working for other people, I finally got the opportunity—and the courage—to start my own company and be my own boss.

(I actually started my first business when I was ten years old. For a few summers I ran what I called The Sunshine Diner. I was the menu developer, waitress, and cook. I hand wrote all of the menus, and … Full Article »

Pausing to Review Monsanto in 2015 Featured Article

By Nick, Corporate Engagement

Working at Monsanto, every day we are presented with a new project, new opportunity or new challenge.  As we’re bogged down in the daily grind of work, we tend to forget what our colleagues from all over the world have accomplished. As the calendar turned to December and as we begin to wrap up projects and look to the important work ahead in 2016, we thought we’d take some advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, here are … Full Article »

The Data Revolution Will Help Us Bring Carbon Neutrality to the Farm Featured Article

By Robb Fraley

From communications and finance to entertainment, transportation and nearly every other industry, the data revolution has been rapidly reshaping the way we live.  And now, it has come to the farm.

Its arrival could turn out to be among the most significant of all. Because the data revolution in agriculture will do more than reshape the way we live – it will help us to grow food more sustainably.

That’s because it will help us deal with the very serious threat posed to the global environment and farmers all over the world by greenhouse gas emissions.  … Full Article »

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A Thanksgiving Challenge – and Blessing Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer 

What comes to mind when someone says, “Thanksgiving.” Now let me guess what you’re thinking:

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, rolls, sweet potato casserole and pecan or pumpkin pie. Oh, and a salad to get you started – a nice kale salad, perhaps.

Was I close?

Now let’s take a hypothetical situation:

Suppose you’re in charge of cooking your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year. As you plan your shopping, your preference is for “natural foods” over ones you associate with modern or “industrial” agriculture.… Full Article »