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The Truth about Monsanto and the Zika Virus

You may have seen misinformation and rumors on social media (here and here) regarding Monsanto, the Zika virus and microcephaly. Unfortunately, this misinformation causes unwarranted fear and distracts from the health crisis at hand and how you can take steps to protect you and your family.  Here are some facts:

  • Neither Monsanto nor our products have any connection to the Zika virus or microcephaly.
  • Monsanto does not manufacture or sell Pyriproxyfen.
  • Monsanto does not own Sumitomo Chemical Company.  However, Sumitomo Chemical Company is one of our business partners in the area of crop protection.
  • Glyphosate is not connected in any way to the Zika virus or microcephaly.
  • GMOs have no role in the Zika virus or microcephaly.

The Zika virus is a tragic and critical health issue. Dealing effectively with such an important health threat requires a focus on the facts. As a science-based company working to help meet some of the world’s biggest challenges we support all efforts to combat this health crisis. We hope all efforts will be taken based on the facts, not rumors.

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18 Responses to "The Truth about Monsanto and the Zika Virus"

  1. I imagine most of the world is hoping that it IS this chemical that is the problem AND that the company manufacturing it and the governments and enterprises using it have got VERY deep pockets. Stopping use of a chemical is far easier than killing all the mosquitoes in the world and cheaper than vaccinations.

    Whether Monsanto is directly involved is likely to be moot.

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  3. Oh Jesus God. This is 2016, not 1216. Can w be science based, not internet truth et based? Please? Can our science and math teachers please teach the basics of science ended and math, so we’ll-meaning parents don’t act like 1226 lynch mobs?

    Oh yeah and the illuminati cause cancer and Alzheimer’s and heart disease, and only acupuncture can save the planet. Or something.

    All joking apart, these myths are scary. Or rather, the poor thinking that causes them to be taken for fact even by intelligent, but misinformed and Ill-educated people. Scary and dangerous.

    • Just one of the joys of the internet ear meeting Dunnin-Kruger effect, all speak at the maximum level of their incompetence.

      Still, there is precisely one way that glyphosate resistant plants could be related to Zika virus infection. Those who didn’t starve because of plants that are glyphosate resistant and hence, grew plentiful enough to prevent starvation in those now available to become ill with a rather old and well known in tropical disease circles Zika virus.
      As that isn’t the case in any of the endemic zones where Zika proliferates, it’s a nonsensical point made for reductum ad absurdium.

      Seriously, Zika! Why, you might get a rash and feel like poop for a week and maybe, just maybe the virus may be linked to microcephaly.
      Correlation does not mean causation, it means something odd happened in a group. It’s just as likely that two pathogens behaved in novel ways in order to cause microcephaly.
      Meanwhile, the loudest screamers ignore fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which happens in the US in far, far, far larger numbers that microcephaly planet wide.
      Some priorities there, huh?

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