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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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Concerned about pesticide residue? Featured Article

By Kimberly Hodge-Bell
Senior Toxicologist

The food supply in the United States is one of the safest in the world, thanks to an established system that includes clean water, refrigeration, national standards and oversight.

Yet some groups are testing for trace residues in our food and trying to raise concerns. I’ve dedicated most of my 12-year career to product safety. As part of our ongoing conversation with consumers, I’d like to share some key facts and put these concerns into perspective.

According to physicians and other food safety experts, the mere presence of a chemical itself is not a human health Full Article »

Glyphosate Isn’t a Beverage; Patrick Moore Isn’t a Monsanto Lobbyist Featured Article

This morning, Time.com ran a story where Dr. Patrick Moore stated that one could safely drink glyphosate and later, when confronted with a glass of glyphosate, refused to drink it. We want to address this story and its incorrect details.

As consumers ourselves, the safety of our products is paramount to everyone who works at Monsanto.  We know that all labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever put together on an agricultural product.  However, herbicides are not beverages and should not be ingested – just … Full Article »

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Monsanto Netherlands Participates in Holland’s Biggest Volunteer Event Featured Article

Colleagues from Monsanto Bergschenhoek help out at the community gardens

This past weekend, more than 80 Monsanto Netherlands employees volunteered  in the Nldoet  2015, Holland’s biggest volunteer event of the year.

During the two days of NLdoet, thousands of people giving a hand to foundations, associations, healthcare facilities, schools and nature organizations that can use some help around their properties. Organizations and volunteers can find each other through the NLdoet website. This year, more than 300,000 volunteers participated in almost 7,600 projects.

Colleagues from Monsanto Enkhuizen help out with gardening work at school

NLdoet is organized by the Oranje … Full Article »

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Monsanto Philippines Participates in Agricultural Biotech Forum Featured Article

Chat Ocampo speaks to the forum participants

Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the … Full Article »

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Elders Smile as Monsanto Singapore Team Shows They Care Featured Article

Distributing health and nutrition items to elderly citizens.

Singapore is the headquarters of the Monsanto Asia-Pacific region and home to nearly 85 employees who enable and support our farmer-focused operations in the other ten countries in the region. Singaporeans have a strong sense of community, and so the Monsanto Singapore team organizes charitable and social initiatives to enabling sharing this spirit.

During the recent Lunar New Year, Monsanto Singapore employees visited elders at the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC) home and presented New Year “goodie bags.”

The Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC), established in 1978, operates more than … Full Article »

What the IARC 2A Rating for Glyphosate Really Means Featured Article

By Donna Farmer,
Product Protection & Nutrition Lead

As a toxicologist who has dedicated the better part of my 30-year career to product safety, it feels important to explain what the recent IARC review means – and doesn’t mean.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a meeting March 3-10, 2015 to evaluate the potential carcinogenic risks to humans from several pesticides, including glyphosate. Glyphosate is an active ingredient in many popular herbicides, including some produced by Monsanto.

IARC concluded that glyphosate belongs in a 2A category as probably carcinogenic to humans, a category that includes professions such … Full Article »

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AON Hewitt Names Monsanto Indonesia One of Seven Best Employers 2015 Featured Article

Monsanto Indonesia has received a Best Employers Award 2015 from Aon Hewitt, the global enterprise solutions provider of human resources. Aon Hewitt announced the list of best employers at an awards ceremony and learning conference held in Indonesia. The conference agenda included a discussion of the main results of an Aon study, case studies and panel discussions with HR leaders and CEOs.

First started in 2001, the Aon Hewitt Best Employers program aims to obtain data and information on company practices that help create a competitive advantage through human resources, employ significant management programs, and identify the best employers in … Full Article »

European Union decision limits innovation in agriculture Featured Article

Earlier today, the European Union (EU) amended the laws to allow its’ member state governments from one side to make their own decisions permitting cultivation of individual GM crops at national or regional level and at the same time let other states restrict or prohibit cultivation of individual GM crops at national or regional level for political reasons. This is despite the fact that the EU’s own regulatory experts, as well as other experts around the world, have declared them safe and GM crops have been used successfully around the globe-including in EU-for the past 20 years.

Since the European Union first … Full Article »

New Publications Confirm the Safety of Glyphosate and Glyphosate-based Roundup Herbicides Featured Article

By Aimee Hood Communications Lead,
Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs

One of the great things about science is that it is an ever-evolving story;  a continuous process using a systematic approach that grows on historic knowledge.  That is the philosophy that is followed when it comes to evaluating the safety of our products at Monsanto.

For example, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides, is continually evaluated by our scientists and tested in our labs for new use patterns, and new formulations are developed. Third-party scientists also evaluate the safety of glyphosate and glyphosate-based formulations. It is important … Full Article »

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Monsanto Indonesia Wins Sustainable Business Award Featured Article

Monsanto Indonesia Country Leadership Team receives Sustainable Business Award (SBA)

Monsanto Indonesia has won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Land Use / Biodiversity and Environment, which recognizes the company’s Sustainable Agriculture Landscape Partnership (SALP) with eNGO Conservation International.

The partnership with eNGO is aimed at developing a healthy, sustainable economy by improving agricultural production, conserving biodiversity and natural resources, and enhancing farmer livelihoods.

This award also recognizes our leadership commitment to a sustainable agriculture in Indonesia in support of the Government agenda on Food Security. Monsanto Indonesia is among 15 recipients across 16 award categories.… Full Article »