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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 »

New York Times Article on Monsanto and PCBs Featured Article

Today, the New York Times published an article, “Monsanto Could Benefit From Chemical Safety Bill,” which suggests that Monsanto will receive a “gift” from Congress in a chemical safety bill introduced in the House and Senate last year. We’d like to take some time to respond to the article and provide some history on PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

To be clear: Monsanto did not ask for any language to be included in the House version of a new chemical safety bill being discussed on the Hill. 

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its accompanying regulation has, for … Full Article »

Information on the German Report on Glyphosate in Beer Featured Article

A report from Germany from the Environmental Institute on Thursday said it detected glyphosate in 14 German beers. Here’s Monsanto’s perspective regarding this report:

Glyphosate is an herbicide with a 40-year history of safe use. Glyphosate is approved for use on barley, hops and other grains in Europe. It is also approved for use in the United States and Canada. Farmers use glyphosate to control weeds in their fields.

There are strict government regulations to keep our food safe. In grain crops, such as barley, corn and wheat, there are limits in place to regulate the use of all pesticides, including … Full Article »

Glyphosate Residues: What Do We Know From Existing Data? Featured Article

You might have seen recent media reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to conduct testing on glyphosate residues in certain foods. We are confident that if FDA does move forward with this testing in a scientifically rigorous way, it will reaffirm the safe use of glyphosate as a vital tool effectively used by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world.

Glyphosate is one of the most extensively studied agricultural products on the market, and the library of glyphosate data includes residue studies. In the United States, the EPA sets what is known as a tolerance, … Full Article »

Monsanto response to Benbrook’s latest paper on glyphosate Featured Article

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

Like people everywhere, Monsanto employees understand concerns about product safety. Whether it’s toys we buy for our kids, appliances we buy for our homes, or anything else, we expect reliable information about product safety. Unfortunately, misinformation sometimes clouds decision making and can even cause unwarranted confusion and concern.

Enter the latest report from Charles Benbrook and his co-authors, where – again – they significantly misrepresent the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides. Benbrook and his colleagues use fear-mongering to paint an inaccurate story about an agricultural tool with a 40-year history … Full Article »

The Truth about Monsanto and the Zika Virus

You may have seen misinformation and rumors on social media 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
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Monsanto Volunteers Introduce Students to Innovative Career Options, Opportunities to Positively Impact the World Featured Article

By Stephanie Bahr, IT Collaborations Strategy

Experiences in the classroom can have a lasting impact on students. By encouraging their natural curiosity, we can inspire young people to realize their potential to pursue any career path, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related careers.

Monsanto volunteers visited classrooms in the U.S. during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13. More than 500 students at 13 schools participated in 26 sessions conducted by 24 Monsanto ambassadors, who worked alongside students on computer coding activities. Known as the Hour of Code, this movement provides students with the opportunity to learn … Full Article »

Pausing to Review Monsanto in 2015 Featured Article

By Nick, Corporate Engagement

Working at Monsanto, every day we are presented with a new project, new opportunity or new challenge.  As we’re bogged down in the daily grind of work, we tend to forget what our colleagues from all over the world have accomplished. As the calendar turned to December and as we begin to wrap up projects and look to the important work ahead in 2016, we thought we’d take some advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, here are … Full Article »

The Data Revolution Will Help Us Bring Carbon Neutrality to the Farm Featured Article

By Robb Fraley

From communications and finance to entertainment, transportation and nearly every other industry, the data revolution has been rapidly reshaping the way we live.  And now, it has come to the farm.

Its arrival could turn out to be among the most significant of all. Because the data revolution in agriculture will do more than reshape the way we live – it will help us to grow food more sustainably.

That’s because it will help us deal with the very serious threat posed to the global environment and farmers all over the world by greenhouse gas emissions.  … Full Article »