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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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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 »

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 »

Why is the EPA Reviewing Roundup and Glyphosate? Featured Article

By Jennifer Listello
Monsanto Global Chemistry Regulatory Affairs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes a comprehensive look at all safety and toxicology data available for a registered pesticide at least every 15 years to protect public health and the environment. This routine regulatory review is required of all pesticides and is currently underway for glyphosate. Glyphosate is one of the most widely used broad spectrum herbicides in the world and is the primary active ingredient in Roundup® brand herbicides.

When evaluating a pesticide, the EPA maintains a transparent process for assessing potential risks. Each review is unique, yet the … Full Article »

The Truth About Toxic Wheat Featured Article

By Jenny Dewey Rohrich, Prairie Californian

You may or may not have seen this article from the Healthy Home Economist touting wheat is toxic due to being sprayed with Round up (glyphosate) as a pre-harvest. This article brings up some pretty fear inducing statistics for both farmers and non-farmers. Farming is our life and our passion and when someone spreads fear in regards to our livelihood, it is hard not to take it personal. So we respond in the best way we know how, through our own experiences and how we run our own farms.

Unfortunately, trying to lump all farming … Full Article »

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10 Questions About Honey Bees Featured Article

There is an increasing buzz around honey bees and other pollinators.  Honey bees are important to agriculture and our food supply and in honor of National Pollinator Week we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions related to honey bees 

Question 1: Why are honey bees important to agriculture?

Think of your breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Did you know approximately 30 percent of all of the wonderful foods we have at our finger tips are brought to us by the relationship among beekeepers, honey bees and farmers? USDA estimates the value of honey bees on … Full Article »