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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Testimony in Opposition to Senate Joint Resolution No. 39

On April 12, 2016 this is testimony was delivered by Duane Simpson, Monsanto’s U.S. State and Government Affairs Lead, to a Missouri House committee in response to Senate Joint Resolution 39.

Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, my name is Duane Simpson and I lead State and Local Government Affairs for Monsanto and I am here today to oppose SJR 39 on behalf of the company and our employees.

We at Monsanto are a company that recognizes diversity and inclusiveness not as a program, but a way that we do business. In order to remain competitive in the … Full Article »

Fit for Purpose: Using the Right Method to Answer Scientific Questions

By Pam Jensen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Monsanto

Analytical methods are used to measure things with adequate accuracy and precision to make conclusions. Some methods can be simple and others more complex, but they all need to be reliable.

Analytical methods are developed with a purpose in mind. They are designed to answer a specific scientific question. Analytical methods define the type of equipment needed and the steps that must take place in order to determine the desired information. No method is perfect or universally applicable; they all have limits. Part of developing the method is identifying these limits and … 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 »

Achieving Sustainability in Agriculture Through Collaboration, Dialogue Featured Article

By Brett Begemann, President and Chief Operating Officer

Bringing people to the table is an important part of our mission at Monsanto. Whether it’s for a family dinner or a spirited conversation, we know great things can happen when people pull up a chair and dig in.

That’s why I was so pleased to be a part of the Economist’s recent Sustainability Summit in London, where about 200 thought leaders from businesses, nonprofit organizations and global governments gathered to talk about real solutions for a sustainable future.

It’s always inspiring to talk with groups from multiple nations, industries and perspectives … 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 »

How do regulatory authorities assess the safety of pesticides?

By Steven Levine, Ph.D., Senior Science Fellow and Environmental Assessment Strategy Lead, Global Regulatory Sciences

Every season, for every field, farmers have to make more than 40 key decisions – all of which can make or break a harvest. Many of these decisions relate to crop protection, because at every stage of the growing season, seeds and plants are at risk from weeds, insects and diseases.

Crop protection tools, such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, known collectively as pesticides, play an essential role in a farmer’s ability to have a good harvest. At Monsanto, these tools represent an important … 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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