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Monsanto responds to misleading New York Times GMO article Featured Article

We were disappointed to read this weekend’s piece on GMO crops in the New York Times (“Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops”).  The reporter chose to cherry-pick data to argue that GMOs have failed to provide significant benefits, especially yield increases, to farmers in the United States.  The reporter’s arguments were misinformed– and overlooked the perspectives of millions of farmers in the United States, India, South America and elsewhere in the world, who have chosen to plant GMOs over the past two decades.

We were especially disappointed because we engaged with this reporter on multiple occasions … Full Article »

Monsanto responds to flawed study by Samsel claiming glyphosate in vaccines

by Dan Goldstein, MD, Pediatrician & Toxicologist; & Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto

Anthony Samsel and the activist group Moms Across America have suggested recently that glyphosate is found in vaccines. Nothing from Anthony Samsel’s results provides reliable evidence that glyphosate is present in vaccines. Everything that regulatory agencies and credible scientists know about glyphosate tells us this outcome is extremely unlikely. Unfortunately, such sensational allegations only serve to spark unwarranted fear and confusion and make finding reliable information much more difficult. In this post, I will discuss how this accusation is not credible by looking into the science behind the … Full Article »

Monsanto Statement on Reports Alleging Illegal Dicamba Use Featured Article

by Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager

At Monsanto, we focus on bringing farmers a broad range of solutions to help them sustainably grow their crops. Increasingly, our aim is to develop solutions that are integrated and complementary. We are working in the areas of plant breeding, biotechnology, data science and chemistry to bring farmers products and services that work together as a system to help farmers achieve their best possible harvest.

Earlier this year, we introduced part of a new system for soybeans called Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, after a similar launch for cotton in 2015 that was successful. … Full Article »

Monsanto statement on discovery of glyphosate-tolerant wheat plants in Washington state Featured Article

Aug. 5, 2016, Update: The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has announced that it has completed screening on 91 samples of wheat imported from the state of Washington.  According to the MFDS announcement, no transgenic wheat was detected.  This conclusion by the MFDS reinforces  the statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that this was a very isolated incident and there is “no evidence of GE wheat in commerce.”  Of the samples screened by MFDS, 67 came from shipments imported prior to July 29 but held for screening prior to … Full Article »

The Nuances of Analyzing Yield Data

By Eric Sachs, Monsanto Scientific Affairs

On May 17, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released a new report, “Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects.” The committee’s two-year analysis considered a range of questions and viewpoints about the economic, agronomic, health, safety and other impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food.  The committee’s extensive review employed a transparent and inclusive process to examine all concerns, uncertainties and public knowledge gaps in addition to studying a robust body of scientific evidence to arrive at objective conclusions on important topics related to GE … Full Article »

Monsanto statement regarding WHO report on glyphosate cancer risk Featured Article

Today, the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) issued a summary report on glyphosate, diazinon and malathion. The conclusions of the JMPR for glyphosate, diazinon and malathion were favorable and came to a different conclusion than IARC on all three pesticides. Concerning glyphosate specifically, Monsanto was not surprised by JMPR’s positive conclusion, which was based on all the relevant science and consistent with the findings of regulatory agencies around the world.  The JMPR concluded glyphosate: presents a very low acute toxicity; is not associated with genotoxic effects in an overwhelming majority of studies conducted in mammals; and is unlikely … Full Article »

New NAS Report Aims to Engage Consumers on GMOs

By Eric Sachs, Monsanto Scientific Affairs

Engaging the public in periods of rapid innovation and scientific advancement has always been a prerequisite for facilitating progress. But those in the biotechnology industry, including Monsanto, missed this point in the past. We viewed GMO crops as improvements over existing methods for crop protection and production, and, therefore, farmers, as our customers, were our primary audience. Of course, in hindsight we now are aware that engagement with wider society is a prerequisite for progress when science, commercial interests and public policy come together.

That’s why Monsanto is excited to see the National Academy … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Continued Concerns About IARC Glyphosate Claims Featured Article

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

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Have you heard that glyphosate causes cancer? Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Have you heard that glyphosate causes cancer?

You may have also heard recently that red meat causes cancer.

If you have, it’s because last year, a group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), decided both are “probable” carcinogens. Coming from a group with ties to the World Health Organization, the attention – and, unfortunately, the confusion and concern – that both decisions have received is understandable.

However, it’s important to understand what an IARC classification really means. Rather than explain myself, I want to highlight a recently … Full Article »

Transparency is Essential in Science Outreach and Advocacy Featured Article


Eric Sachs, Ph.D., 
Science and Policy Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company
@EricSachsPhD

Public and private sectors, together, have a role to play in communicating about science and technology to society.

Science is all around us.  It helps us tackle problems, examine risks and benefits, and identify new and better ways to do things.  Science also can enlighten us, bewilder us, and even scare us.

Communicating science is critically important but can be challenging.  Scientists can disagree and when presented with opposing viewpoints, the public can be confused or misled. Understanding complex scientific matters, such as whether GMOs have a place in … Full Article »