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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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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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Creativity Not Ideology Essential to Global Food Security

Are we truly willing to move past ideologies and embrace the best of human ingenuity and innovation?

By Dr Kristen Knight PhD, Entomologist, Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

The World Economic Forum at Davos is underway as I write [week of Jan 25., 2015].

A recent article from the Forum[1] caught my eye. It underlined the rapid technological innovation being driven by what it called our Fourth Industrial Revolution.

First: steam in the late 1700s. Then electricity in the late 1800s: followed by electronics in 1960s. We are now entering the fourth which the article says is all … Full Article »

Response to Benbrook’s Paper “Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally” Featured Article

Consistent with his previous papers, the latest from Charles Benbrook, titled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally,” omits important context and significantly misrepresents the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides. Unfortunately, the result will no doubt be another wave of unwarranted confusion and concern among consumers about an agricultural tool with a 40 year history of safe and effective use.

Most importantly, glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product. In evaluations spanning four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide Full Article »

Digging in to a Dialogue Can Reveal Hidden Common Ground Featured Article

By Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Sometimes the differences between those who support genetic modification in agriculture and those who criticize it are exaggerated. There’s often more common ground than is recognized. That truth was in evidence when I engaged in a “debate” that was more like a friendly discussion with Jennifer Kuzma, distinguished professor and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. In an appearance at the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute, which you can watch here, you see that we agreed on some very basic … Full Article »

Monsanto takes legal action to prevent flawed listing of glyphosate under California’s Prop 65 Featured Article

Prop 65 listing would be based solely on erroneous IARC classification, would contradict agency’s own 2007 assessment, and would defy scientific conclusions of U.S. EPA and regulators around the world

Monsanto Company is taking legal action to prevent a flawed listing of the herbicide glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), which requires the state to maintain a “list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.”  The listing of glyphosate would be flawed and baseless because glyphosate does not cause cancer, as has been concluded by the U.S. EPA, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and … Full Article »

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 »

Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education Summit: Strengthening the STEM Ecosystem

By Dan Jenkins, U.S. Agency Regulatory Affairs Lead

Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed that “There is incredible opportunity for highly-skilled jobs in agriculture.” He was referring to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Purdue University, which showed significant demand for recent college graduates with agriculture-related degrees. Specifically, the report estimates there are 57,900 openings in the U.S. annually in related fields – food, agriculture, natural resources and environment – but only 35,400 qualified U.S. graduates annually. That’s 22,500 unfilled roles annually.

What can be done to close this gap? One initiative underway … Full Article »

Setting the Record Straight on the “Monsanto Tribunal” Featured Article

By Nick Weber, Corporate Engagement

Over the past few days, you may have come across headlines referencing a “Monsanto Tribunal” at The Hague. A group of activists, led and organized by the Organic Consumers Association, plans to put Monsanto “on trial” for alleged crimes against nature and humanity. I’d like to take a moment to set a few things straight about this fake trial.

Monsanto respects others’ points of view, and we welcome the opportunity to have an open dialogue about agriculture and food production. However, this is not a real trial, and the results of this initiative have no … Full Article »