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Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases Featured Article

A few reports keep circulating that blame the use of Roundup® branded herbicides, or glyphosate-based pesticides in general, for various chronic diseases. We’d like to set the record straight. We want you to know that consumer and farmer safety is critically important to us; and we’re confident that all of our registered herbicides pose no unreasonable risks when used according to label directions.

Why are we so confident? Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use and are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product.

These … Full Article »

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Collaboration is the Key to New Developments in Vegetables Featured Article

By Marlin Edwards
Chief Technology Officer, Seminis

I’m proud of our commitment to bring farmers around the world a broad range of agricultural solutions to help nourish our growing world but it’s clear that we can’t do this alone. That’s why, in addition to developing our own products, Monsanto seeks to partner and collaborate with others to foster the development of new products and solutions for growers. To help further progress towards these goals in our vegetable seeds business we are developing a new licensing program.

Monsanto has a long-standing, company-wide commitment to broadly license our patented traits and technologies. Licensing allows … Full Article »

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Why are we suing Maui? Featured Article

In an extremely close vote last week, citizens of Maui in Hawaii voted to implement a moratorium on the planting of GM crops in their county. This decision, if enacted, will have an immediate effect on the longstanding, and safe, operations of Monsanto on the island.

The impact though goes far beyond our business and our more than 1,000 employees who live and work in Hawaii. It goes right to the heart of the work that will need to be done to help ensure a sustainable food supply as the earth’s population continues to grow.

This challenge to feed the … Full Article »

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Strong Partnerships Vital to Driving Sustainablity Breakthroughs Featured Article

By Kerry Preete
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy

On Nov. 6, I attended the World Water Summit in London, an event hosted by The Economist for the purpose of bringing together representatives from the private sector, NGOs and governments to discuss challenges related to global water use.

I was proud to share with the attendees some of the work we’re doing at Monsanto to help farmers produce enough food to nourish a growing planet while also freezing the footprint of agriculture.

But at the same time, I left London fully aware that there is so much left to do in confronting … Full Article »

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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »

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Touching Lives and Saving Resources with Bt Cotton Featured Article

At Monsanto, we frequently discuss the impact of our work on food and animal feed supplies. However, there’s one crop that has an equally important but different impact on our lives – cotton.

Each day, billions of people around the world wake up, roll out of bed and put on clothes that reflect a piece of who we are. Many of these lives are touched each day – literally and figuratively – by cotton, which is grown on every habitable continent. From the sheets we sleep on to that favorite pair of blue jeans we take comfort in, the lint … Full Article »

Working Together To Strengthen Our Communities

By Al Mitchell, Monsanto Assistant Controller

A native of St. Louis, I am lucky to have spent a fair amount of my teenage years growing up in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was a really incredible place to be a kid – and sometimes it feels like only yesterday that my friends and I were ripping around town on our bikes, playing the pinball machines at the arcade in Northland Shopping Center, playing pick-up basketball at Wayside Park, or grabbing an ice cream at Velvet Freeze on the way home from visiting friends and family whom lived in the city of St. … Full Article »

Supporting a Federal Approach to Food Labeling Featured Article

This November citizens in Colorado will be asked to vote on a ballot initiative called Proposition 105 that would require warning labels on thousands of food products that include an ingredient from genetically modified (GM) crops.  Like recent California and Washington state labeling initiatives, which voters rejected, Proposition 105 would mandate a special interest requirement that will increase food costs for taxpayers without providing any safety or nutritional benefits.  Many who support these labeling measures call them ‘right-to-know’ initiatives.  We stand with millions across the U.S. who believe everyone has the right to know more about these measures and whether … Full Article »

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New Programs Take Different Paths to Support Collaboration and Education Featured Article

Education and collaboration go hand in hand. We at Monsanto depend on a wide range of universities, organizations and other partners as we work together to help feed a growing population in a more sustainable manner. And we know the importance of fostering the next generation of farmers, researchers and scientists as well.

Our support of education and collaborative partners takes many forms. We recently announced two initiatives that support education in very different ways. We’re excited about the potential of both of these programs to advance critical research and to help hone the skills of tomorrow’s leaders in STEM … Full Article »

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Update to USDA Investigation of 2013 Oregon Detection of Genetically Engineered Wheat Featured Article

Today the USDA officially closed its investigation of the detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) wheat in Oregon with the conclusion that there was no GE wheat that had made it into commerce. There are also no food safety concerns associated with the GE wheat found in Oregon. See the full comments below.

USDA’s report is welcome news for U.S. wheat industry

Today’s report by the USDA affirms that no genetically modified wheat is in commerce and that the commercial seed and grain supply does not contain genetically modified wheat. This finding is supported by extensive testing by USDA, state universities, Monsanto and others. The … Full Article »