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Answering the GMO Myths from a Food Tank Webinar Featured Article

By Nick Weber 

On Nov. 18, Food Tank hosted a webinar with Anna Lappe, of Real Food Media, titled, “The ABCs of the GMO Debate: Do we really need GMOs to feed the world?”

Ms. Lappe presented her argument in six parts, speaking on what she called “GMO myths.” I tuned in to the webinar to learn from her perspective, but what I found was an unbalanced presentation with a few inaccuracies that I’d like to address.

Before I do, I’d like to share some areas where I agree with Ms. Lappe. She’s spot on when she says, “Hunger is … Full Article »

A physician’s perspective on glyphosate & food labels

by Daniel Goldstein, M.D.
Senior Science Fellow
Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach

As a pediatrician, a father, and a Monsanto employee, nothing is more important to me than the safety of the products we sell, and so I want to respond to some recent advertisements designed to generate unwarranted fear and concern about the herbicide glyphosate.

Our products, including glyphosate-based herbicides, are designed to help farmers produce food for our growing world in a more sustainable way.  Like other herbicides on the market, glyphosate is carefully evaluated by the U.S. EPA and numerous other regulatory agencies … Full Article »

Addressing Recent Litigation on Glyphosate Featured Article

Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use.  Glyphosate has been the subject of more than 800 different health and safety studies, and no regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen.  However, after the classification of glyphosate by IARC in Category 2A in March 2015, plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States began soliciting plaintiffs for potential lawsuits.  These attorneys are attempting to tie the IARC classification to individual cases of cancer, and they’re running ads to recruit plaintiffs in local newspapers and on the radio.  At this time, one individual lawsuit is pending.

While we’re … Full Article »

Why does Monsanto work with academics?

by Eric Sachs, Ph.D., Strategic Engagement Lead at Monsanto 

Unless you’ve worked in academia, it might be unclear how and why companies like Monsanto collaborate with university professors. I have some insight into this myself – as a Monsanto employee, I earned my PhD in Genetics at Texas A&M University, where I attended classes and did my research side-by-side with professors, researchers and other graduate students. Naturally, I developed many close relationships and on more than one occasion debated which career path is better: public research or private research? Developing minds or developing products? Ultimately though, scientists are … Full Article »

Here we go again: Dr. Oz and glyphosate

We just watched the latest episode of Dr. Oz, and sadly, we weren’t surprised by what we saw.  Just like he did back in April, Dr. Oz used the IARC classification of glyphosate in Category 2A to raise confusion and concern with his viewers.

As a company, we’re eager for folks to know more about how our products help farmers produce food in a more environmentally sustainable way.  We want folks to know that we take safety extremely seriously, and glyphosate has undergone rigorous safety evaluations by regulatory agencies around the world.  Unfortunately, experience has shown us that with … Full Article »

Addressing questions about California’s Prop 65 list and glyphosate safety

Sharing some important information on California’s intention to add glyphosate to Prop 65 list

As consumers ourselves, the safety of our products is our top priority, and we strongly disagree with the recent announcement by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of its notice of intent to add glyphosate to the state’s Proposition 65 list.

OEHHA’s sole basis for its proposed listing of glyphosate is the classification of glyphosate earlier this year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). OEHHA interprets Prop 65 to allow it simply to accept the IARC classification without further … Full Article »

Our Perspective: The Truth about Public Health and Safety of GMOs and Herbicides

Op-ed in New England Journal of Medicine by authors Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook misrepresented extensive regulatory evaluations of glyphosate and other herbicides

By Daniel Goldstein, M.D., Senior Science Fellow & Scientific Affairs Lead, and
Donna Farmer, Ph.D., Product Protection & Nutrition Lead

As a company, our mission is to deliver a broad range of tools to help farmers produce better harvests in a more environmentally sustainable way.  We’re absolutely committed to the safety of our products – whether those products are conventional or GMO seeds or pesticides, and we firmly believe that the only way to ensure safety … Full Article »

What I would have shared in Harper’s Magazine’s Weed Whackers article if they had asked

Monsanto scientist Donna Farmer explains what she would have shared with Harper’s magazine on their “Weed Whackers” article about Monsanto, glyphosate, GMOs and the Monarch butterfly.

I’m a scientist at Monsanto and I have spent a good portion of my professional life studying and talking with folks about glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in several important weed killers.

We talk frequently with journalists who are trying to learn more and write about glyphosate. Frankly, when I started working, I never thought I would end up doing television interviews about a pesticide, but I am happy to do it. We’re not … Full Article »

GMOs Featured on Star Talk Podcast Featured Article

By Nick Weber

Many know Bill Nye as “The Science Guy” – who has educated millions of children in the U. S. with his science-themed television show. Today, he is still revered as a science advocate and expert, always charging those around him to look for the scientific reasoning behind their world.

In 2014, Nye published a book that made his opinions of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, known: he was unclear about their benefit and long-term effects. In early 2015, Monsanto invited him to visit our facilities and see for himself what the company is all about, and why … Full Article »

The Success of St. Louis Is an Important Part of Our Success Featured Article

By Melissa Harper,
Vice President Global Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity Officer

At Monsanto, we see the success of St. Louis as an important part of our company’s success.

Today Monsanto is a truly global business, with more than 400 facilities in nearly 60 countries on six continents. But our roots are right here in St. Louis. And for more than 5,400 of us, St. Louis isn’t just our headquarters – it’s our chosen hometown. Either we were born and raised here, or we came here from somewhere else – and now we can’t imagine living anywhere else.… Full Article »