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Correcting “The Monsanto Years”

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Last week, Neil Young and The Promise of the Real released “The Monsanto Years” album, and this week they started their concert tour.  Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young.  Unfortunately, the depiction of agriculture in his lyrics is inaccurate, and the album fails to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable.

The challenge is there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths are captured in the lyrics of his songs. While we’ve never had a chance to talk with Neil about our company (and if he’s interested, we would welcome the opportunity), we have answered questions very similar to the topics he mentions.

So, if you’ve listened to the album or are just interested in learning more about agriculture, we’ve captured links to information that should help address the questions that are raised by his lyrics.  We think you will discover Monsanto to be a much different company than the one Mr. Young portrays in song.  And, if you have a question about something we haven’t captured here, we invite you to ask by joining the conversation surrounding agriculture and food at discover.monsanto.com or by visiting GMOAnswers.com.

Links to Related Information:

If you’d like to learn more about Monsanto’s view on “The Monsanto Years” album, read this blog from Robb Fraley, our chief technology officer, who shared his perspective on Mr. Young’s album last week.

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  8. I would be very appreciative if you would share verifiable research about the environmental impacts of applying billions of tons of herbicides such as 2, 4D, and glyphostaes to our streams and waterways. That these products degrade into other compounds is not disputed. I am asking what is the impact of introducing such large amounts of these compounds into the environment.
    Research, with verifiable bibliography, please.
    Also, instead of enacting HR 1599 to ban GMO labeling laws by the states, why are you not taking advantage of the marketing opportunity presented by GMO Products. If these products and their production practices are as safe as you claim, why not market your corn, wheat, beans etc. as “having more GMO ingredienmts than any competitor?”
    I wager the only replies I receive will be insults and slanders.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Applications of glyphosate and 2,4-D were specifically considered by the EPA in its recent review of Dow’s Enlist Duo product, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D (http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/registration-enlist-duo). The links on that site provide all the relevant information the EPA relied on to explain its decision to register Enlist Duo.

      All pesticides are regulated by the EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). FIFRA requires the EPA to consider risks to the human health and the environment alongside benefits. Uses are restricted to meet FIFRA’s standards of a ‘reasonable certainty of no harm’ to humans and ‘no unreasonable adverse effects’ on the environment. All pesticide reviews are open to public comment.

      Also, for more information, please see our page on glyphosate at http://www.monsanto.com/glyphosate/pages/glyphosate-frequently-asked-questions.aspx#one.



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