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Monsanto statement regarding WHO report on glyphosate cancer risk

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Today, the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) issued a summary report on glyphosate, diazinon and malathion. The conclusions of the JMPR for glyphosate, diazinon and malathion were favorable and came to a different conclusion than IARC on all three pesticides. Concerning glyphosate specifically, Monsanto was not surprised by JMPR’s positive conclusion, which was based on all the relevant science and consistent with the findings of regulatory agencies around the world.  The JMPR concluded glyphosate: presents a very low acute toxicity; is not associated with genotoxic effects in an overwhelming majority of studies conducted in mammals; and is unlikely … Full Article »

Monsanto IT Helps Honor Flight Veterans Go Digital

“It makes me smile,” says Beth Martin, Monsanto Development Manager. “Using my skills to give back to those who sacrificed so much for us – that’s an incredible feeling.”

Monsanto Employees volunteering with Honor Flight

Martin, along with a small group of Monsanto IT volunteers, have been partnering with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight (GSLHF) using monthly evening work sessions to develop an administration application.  Through additional data entry parties, the group has helped Honor Flight fully transition to the new system. The admin app enables Honor Flight personnel to easily view and sort all veteran’s applications by a variety of … Full Article »

The Nuances of Analyzing Yield Data

By Eric Sachs, Monsanto Scientific Affairs

On May 17, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released a new report, “Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects.” The committee’s two-year analysis considered a range of questions and viewpoints about the economic, agronomic, health, safety and other impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food.  The committee’s extensive review employed a transparent and inclusive process to examine all concerns, uncertainties and public knowledge gaps in addition to studying a robust body of scientific evidence to arrive at objective conclusions on important topics related to GE … Full Article »

New NAS Report Aims to Engage Consumers on GMOs

By Eric Sachs, Monsanto Scientific Affairs

Engaging the public in periods of rapid innovation and scientific advancement has always been a prerequisite for facilitating progress. But those in the biotechnology industry, including Monsanto, missed this point in the past. We viewed GMO crops as improvements over existing methods for crop protection and production, and, therefore, farmers, as our customers, were our primary audience. Of course, in hindsight we now are aware that engagement with wider society is a prerequisite for progress when science, commercial interests and public policy come together.

That’s why Monsanto is excited to see the National Academy … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Continued Concerns About IARC Glyphosate Claims Featured Article

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

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Communication Continues Around Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Featured Article

By Miriam Paris
U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager

Recent media reports have focused on grower and grain handler conversations about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, particularly the pending European Union (EU) import approval. As the 2016 season progresses, these topics remain top of mind for our farmer customers and partners. We take stewardship of our products seriously, and it’s one of the driving forces behind our ongoing communication with members of industry associations, growers and others.

Prior to and at the time of commercialization we communicated the status of foreign regulatory import approvals for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend with the … Full Article »

Addressing the Headline: Iowa Political Cartoonist Fired

On Monday, May 2, 2016 the Des Moines Register published this article: Cartoonist says his work got him axed. The article highlights a facebook post in which Rick Friday claims he was let go from his job after an agriculture company depicted in a political cartoon threatened to pull advertising from the publication.

As a company that values conversation and transparency we reached out to Rick Friday. Here was our reply:


We just wanted to reach out and reiterate that we value open discourse and conversation. We also believe that a little humor and the ability to laugh Full Article »

Monsanto statement: Once again, EPA concludes that glyphosate does not cause cancer

As part of its ongoing registration review of the herbicide glyphosate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that glyphosate is “Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans.”  (The agency posted the CARC assessment to its website on Friday, April 29, but removed it on Monday, May 2, without explanation. We are directing questions about the removal to the EPA. A copy of the report is available on the Bloomberg website here.)

The EPA is the third regulator to publish its conclusion that glyphosate is not a carcinogen as part of a registration review since the International Agency … Full Article »

Have you heard that glyphosate causes cancer? Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Have you heard that glyphosate causes cancer?

You may have also heard recently that red meat causes cancer.

If you have, it’s because last year, a group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), decided both are “probable” carcinogens. Coming from a group with ties to the World Health Organization, the attention – and, unfortunately, the confusion and concern – that both decisions have received is understandable.

However, it’s important to understand what an IARC classification really means. Rather than explain myself, I want to highlight a recently … Full Article »

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10 Things Monsanto Learned While Implementing our Human Rights Policy

By Martha Burmaster
Monsanto’s Director of Human Rights

In 2006, the Monsanto Board of Directors adopted a Human Rights Policy, which works to respect and advance the rights of our more than 20,000 employees and those of our business partners around the world. The policy focuses on nine elements: child labor, forced labor, compensation, working hours, harassment and violence, discrimination, safety, freedom of association, and legal compliance.

We’ve learned a lot in the decade since this policy was adopted, and here are 10 highlights:

Focus on the individuals that may be impacted.
Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity … Full Article »

Testimony in Opposition to Senate Joint Resolution No. 39

On April 12, 2016 this is testimony was delivered by Duane Simpson, Monsanto’s U.S. State and Government Affairs Lead, to a Missouri House committee in response to Senate Joint Resolution 39.

Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, my name is Duane Simpson and I lead State and Local Government Affairs for Monsanto and I am here today to oppose SJR 39 on behalf of the company and our employees.

We at Monsanto are a company that recognizes diversity and inclusiveness not as a program, but a way that we do business. In order to remain competitive in the … Full Article »