Op-ed in New England Journal of Medicine by authors Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook misrepresented extensive regulatory evaluations of glyphosate and other herbicides
By Daniel Goldstein, M.D., Senior Science Fellow & Scientific Affairs Lead, and
Donna Farmer, Ph.D., Product Protection & Nutrition Lead
As a company, our mission is to deliver a broad range of tools to help farmers produce better harvests in a more environmentally sustainable way. We’re absolutely committed to the safety of our products – whether those products are conventional or GMO seeds or pesticides, and we firmly believe that the only way to ensure safety … Full Article »
By Robert T. Fraley, Chief Technology Officer
Myth – By leading farmers to focus on a small number of highly lucrative seeds, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) foster the spread of monocultures. As a result, they erode biodiversity and actually put humanity at risk of famine through increased crop vulnerability to disease.
“Very simply,” in the words of Michael Pollan, “a field of identical plants will be exquisitely vulnerable to insects, weeds, and disease. Monoculture is at the root of virtually every problem that bedevils the modern farmer…”
Context – Monocultures – large areas planted with the same type of crop – predate the development of GMOs by decades if not centuries. That’s because the real driver … Full Article »
Monsanto scientist Donna Farmer explains what she would have shared with Harper’s magazine on their “Weed Whackers” article about Monsanto, glyphosate, GMOs and the Monarch butterfly.
I’m a scientist at Monsanto and I have spent a good portion of my professional life studying and talking with folks about glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in several important weed killers.
We talk frequently with journalists who are trying to learn more and write about glyphosate. Frankly, when I started working, I never thought I would end up doing television interviews about a pesticide, but I am happy to do it. We’re not … Full Article »
By Daniel Kruithoff, Managing Director of Monsanto Australia
Business Council of Australia president, Catherine Livingston, recently lamented the lack of investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Australia. It was a timely reminder that Australia’s living standards could fall if we do not embrace the rapid advances in science and technology transforming many sectors of the economy, including agriculture.
The importance of improving STEM skills in the workforce cannot be overstated. And we need to look no further than Australia’s cotton industry to see the huge economic and environmental gains at stake if we don’t take this seriously.… Full Article »
The world’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050. Figuring out how to feed 9 billion people—while also advancing rural development, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting valuable ecosystems—is one of the greatest challenges of our time. To contribute to the solutions for a sustainable future, Net Impact and CollaborateUp hosted two “Nourishing 9 Billion” SolutionLabs at UC Davis and Tufts University this spring. Both events were part of a new national series designed to allow students to work side-by-side with food system experts to engage with this critical issue and develop solutions … Full Article »
by Toni Voelker, Senior Scientist
There was excitement in the room when the student organization Net Impact held a SolutionLab at the UC Davis campus, at the end of May. About 80 students were preparing to brainstorm on a big challenge: “What social innovations would produce more nutritious food with less waste while also conserving land?”
As a scientist working in Davis in the field of agriculture who over the recent years has investigated many aspects of food production and sustainability, I had been invited to serve as an expert to support the students and answer questions. I was looking … Full Article »
Justin G., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador
My second year interning in the seed production division has come to a close. The experience has once again been exciting, fulfilling and as you might expect, challenging. What fun would it be if it wasn’t challenging though, right?
One thing is for sure, Mother Nature has made each day here an adventure. With constant rain in the weeks prior to my arrival in Manito, Illinois, the crew had to plant almost half of the acreage in just two days! Once I arrived, I spent my time going to our contracted growers’ … Full Article »
Xavier G., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador
One might think of an internship as a position to gain experience. This is true, but it is also much more than that. I have been given the opportunity to take on a great deal of responsibility and make key contributions; all the while, gaining tons of invaluable experience. In fact, in my current role as a Seeds Process Engineering Intern, I feel much more like a full time engineer.
In Global Engineering it is our responsibility to integrate the latest and greatest technology into our seed production processes in order to … Full Article »
Since the advent of GMO crops, agriculture across the globe has undergone immense transformation, becoming the productive system in place today. The benefits of GMO crops are clear – corn farmers in developed countries have increased their productivity and yields. Take the U.S. for example, according to the USDA*, corn yields have grown by 35% since the first introduction of GM. The benefits for farmers in developing countries are equally remarkable. Consider India, where cotton yields have increased over 90% since Bt cotton made its mark.
From left to right: David Fischhoff, Sherri Brown and Fred Perlak
The discovery and … Full Article »
By Sarah M., Summer Intern and Student Ambassador
Does your average work day consist of IM (instant messenger) chats with Argentina, emails from India, and phone calls from Brazil? It is a possibility if you are working for a global company, or in my case, interning with the Global Financial Planning and Analysis team (FP&A) at Monsanto. This summer I am learning all about what it means to be part of a global organization and gaining knowledge and experience in unexpected ways.
I grew up in Carmel, Indiana, which is about 15 miles north of Indianapolis. I … Full Article »