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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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Weed Management Strategies: Diversity is Still Key

By Greg Elmore, Technology Development Manager – Weed Management

This season, with new dicamba herbicide technology available to farmers and continuing discussions about glyphosate resistance, it’s especially important to remember to utilize a variety of weed control approaches to minimize the potential for selection of herbicide resistance. Farmers should keep in mind the importance of diversifying their weed management strategies, including using non-chemistry options as well as herbicides with multiple effective sites of action. This diversity is also key for the important task of properly managing new herbicides, like XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology, to help create longevity for that technology.… Full Article »

Monsanto did not ghostwrite the Williams et al (2000) glyphosate paper Featured Article

Recently, in the context of personal injury litigation filed against Monsanto, plaintiffs’ attorneys have cherry picked a single email – out of more than 10 million pages of documents produced – to allege that Monsanto scientists ghostwrote “Safety Evaluation and Risk Assessment of the Herbicide Roundup and Its Active Ingredient, Glyphosate, for Humans,” a paper on glyphosate safety by internationally recognized experts Gary M. Williams, Robert Kroes and Ian C. Munro published in Regulatory Toxicology & Pharmacology in 2000.

These allegations are false. Monsanto scientists did not ghostwrite the paper. The paper and its conclusions are the work of Dr. … Full Article »

Monsanto statement regarding WHO report on glyphosate cancer risk Featured Article

Today, the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) issued a summary report on glyphosate, diazinon and malathion. The conclusions of the JMPR for glyphosate, diazinon and malathion were favorable and came to a different conclusion than IARC on all three pesticides. Concerning glyphosate specifically, Monsanto was not surprised by JMPR’s positive conclusion, which was based on all the relevant science and consistent with the findings of regulatory agencies around the world.  The JMPR concluded glyphosate: presents a very low acute toxicity; is not associated with genotoxic effects in an overwhelming majority of studies conducted in mammals; and is unlikely … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Continued Concerns About IARC Glyphosate Claims Featured Article

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

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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 »

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 »

What I would have shared in Harper’s Magazine’s Weed Whackers article if they had asked

Monsanto scientist Donna Farmer explains what she would have shared with Harper’s magazine on their “Weed Whackers” article about Monsanto, glyphosate, GMOs and the Monarch butterfly.

I’m a scientist at Monsanto and I have spent a good portion of my professional life studying and talking with folks about glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in several important weed killers.

We talk frequently with journalists who are trying to learn more and write about glyphosate. Frankly, when I started working, I never thought I would end up doing television interviews about a pesticide, but I am happy to do it. We’re not … Full Article »

Statement on Dr. Oz’s Segment on IARC and Glyphosate Safety Featured Article

As consumers ourselves, we at Monsanto are committed to both the safety of our products and to transparency and engagement with society.  We’ve joined with the industry and other groups to explain our disagreement and concern with the recent classification of glyphosate by IARC.  All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product.  More information on glyphosate is available here, and information from the industry is posted here.

Recently, we were informed that The Dr. Oz Show plans to … 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 »

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 »