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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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Why Moms and Dads Should Feel Confident in the Safety of Glyphosate Featured Article

An open letter to parents from parents at Monsanto:

We all want what’s best for our kids. As parents ourselves, we care about the food we feed our families just like you do. Not only are we consumers, we’re also intimately involved in developing products that contribute to safe and nutritious food choices for everyone, including our own families and friends.

Our agriculture business includes more than 4,000 researchers who are working each and every day to make sure our discoveries become safe and effective products. Our team includes physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, toxicologists, plant scientists and many others who have … 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 »

Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases Featured Article

A few reports keep circulating that blame the use of Roundup® branded herbicides, or glyphosate-based pesticides in general, for various chronic diseases. We’d like to set the record straight. We want you to know that consumer and farmer safety is critically important to us; and we’re confident that all of our registered herbicides pose no unreasonable risks when used according to label directions.

Why are we so confident? Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use and are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product.

These … Full Article »

Glyphosate and Breast Milk Featured Article

El glifosato y la leche materna

All of us at Monsanto are consumers and parents and spouses and children and friends.  We take the safety of our products very seriously, and we’re committed to developing products that contribute to safe and nutritious food choices.  We’re proud of the excellent track record of the safe use of glyphosate products, and we believe it’s important to be transparent about the safety of our products. Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse recently posted an article saying trace levels of the herbicide glyphosate had been found in three samples of mothers’ breast milk.  Academics … Full Article »

The Monarch Butterfly Featured Article

The monarch butterfly, an amazing species known for its annual migration across North America, has seen its numbers Fluctuate over the past few years.  Scientists who’ve studied this think a number of factors are contributing to the flux, including the destruction of habitats in Mexico (where the butterflies spend the winter), weather events such as strong storms, extreme climatic changes, and a reduction in the number of “milkweed” plants in farmland across the Midwest.

While scientists are trying to determine how each of these factors is contributing to the instability and how to fix it, recent news coverage has focused heavily on … Full Article »

Argentina and Pesticides Featured Article

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published stories alleging growing health problems in Argentina due to misapplied and illegal application of pesticides.  The stories report that AP documented dozens of such cases, but provide very few specifics.  Activist doctors and academics are quoted as asserting that cancer rates and birth defects are increasing and associated with the use of pesticides. Argentina’s government is criticized for not taking action to address activities that threaten public health.

We deplore the misuse of any pesticides, regardless of who makes them. Monsanto’s employees work very hard to ensure that our customers and suppliers are … Full Article »

Rounding Up the Evidence on the Safety of Glyphosate Featured Article

A recent study by Thongprakaisang et. al. published in Food and Chemical Toxicology suggested a connection between glyphosate and the growth of breast cancer via an “estrogen receptor signaling pathway.” Upon initial review, our scientists saw that the study findings were contradictory to the preponderance of evidence in the literature demonstrating glyphosate safety.  Because we take the stewardship of our products very seriously, we had a team of experts dig deeper into the study specifics as we do with all published studies relating to our products and technologies.

Here’s what we found.

First, while the title of the study … Full Article »

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The Curious Case of the Paper That Isn’t Featured Article

On Jan. 15, the physics journal Entropy received a paper for possible publication. The paper was entitled “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases,” and claimed that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicides, was responsible for a host of diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s, obesity, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, reproductive and developmental disorders, and cancer.

The paper was authored by Anthony Samsel, an independent researcher in New Hampshire, and Stephanie Seneff, who works in at MIT in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. … Full Article »

Another Bogus “Study” Featured Article

A paper published this month in the physics journal Entropy attempts to claim that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide,  is connected as a cause, or a link in a chain to a cause, for numerous diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s, obesity, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, reproductive and developmental disorders, and cancer. With no new data, a piecemeal approach, and low scientific quality, the paper is less a scientific paper and more sheer hypothetical speculation.

The authors, Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, have strong connections with the anti-GM activist community. Samsel describes himself as helping “those who are victimized by … Full Article »

Reviews and Studies on Glyphosate and GM Food Featured Article

Below are only a few of the studies and reviews that have been done on the safety of glyphosate and GM food. 

Glyphosate 

Three new reviews on glyphosate and human safety published within the last year are available online from the publisher’s website: 

• Pamela J. Mink, Jack S. Mandel, Bonnielin K. Sceurman, Jessica I. Lundin. Epidemiologic studies of glyphosate and cancer: A review. 

• Pamela J. Mink, Jack S. Mandel, Jessica I. Lundin, Bonnielin K. Sceurman. Epidemiologic Studies of Glyphosate and Non-Cancer Health Outcomes: A Review. 

• Amy Lavin Williams, Rebecca E. Watson, John M. DeSesso. … Full Article »