Welcome to the premier posting for Monsanto’s new blog Monsanto According to Monsanto. This blog will address issues related to Monsanto, our business, and technology in agriculture.
The title Monsanto According to Monsanto is a spoof of The World According to Monsanto, a horribly biased documentary which portrays Monsanto in a very negative light. Aside from the shoddy journalism, we at Monsanto found it incredibly arrogant that the filmmaker would present her own twisted view of Monsanto as the company’s view of the world.
Unfortunately there’s no shortage of people, particularly on the internet, who have taken it upon themselves to speak about Monsanto – what the company is, what it does, and why. Many of these folks have their own agendas. If anyone should speak to Monsanto’s vision of the world, it’s those of us who come to work here every day and collectively make this company what it is. This is the main reason for this blog.
Several individuals from Monsanto will be posting to this blog. People here are passionate about what we do and feel strongly that Monsanto and our efforts contribute a lot to agriculture and to the world in general. That’s often hard to get across in typical corporate communications and we’re hoping that this blog will offer a more personal view of Monsanto.
Monsanto has a fair number of critics. Technology in agriculture is an emotional topic and there are organizations or individuals who generally oppose modern agriculture or biotechnology. This blog will be used on a rather frequent basis to respond to criticism leveled against Monsanto and the use of technology in agriculture. On occasion we’ll use the blog to levy some criticism ourselves. We expect that some of these postings will generate controversy. Creating controversy isn’t the intention of this blog, but it’s inevitable. Hopefully it will be constructive and whatever discussion spawned will increase the reader’s understanding of various issues, Monsanto, and the perspective of those of us who work here.
There will be a section where readers can provide comments on individual blog postings. Comments are an excellent way to stimulate discussion and we hope that comments will be made with this goal in mind. Comments will be moderated. Negative and critical comments will be approved, although we will not allow postings which use profanity or are threatening. We will respond to comments only when doing so provides clarification on a particular point or topic.
We hope you enjoy this blog. More importantly, we hope it provides you with a better understanding of Monsanto, and what we are about.